Jean F. Hall


Jason Bittle’s article about Grandma got STEM in features the picture above, courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.  The caption indicates that the woman’s name is Jean F. Hall and that she was a computer scientist at Argonne.

The Argonne National Labs website indicates that she was a “pioneer Argonne computer scientist” working on the AVIDAC, Argonne’s first digital computer, which began operation in January 1953.

Does anyone out there know more about Jean Hall?  Her picture appears often, but I have not found further information about her work.  So I guess I am posing the second #ggstem  challenge!

(The first was to find a credible source for a quote about grandmothers that is attributed to Einstein.)

Happy seeking!

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4 Responses to Jean F. Hall

  1. Renee says:

    Found this reference:
    “Personally, I learned programming at Argonne from Jean Hall, who was one of the many women ‘computers’ who developed programs for the first electronic computer, the ENIAC, which began operation in 1946. ” – Margaret Butler

    I also found this compilation of photos of early computers, which interestingly has several women at the controls:

  2. Renee says:

    Check this out — this article says the ENIAC “computers” (programmers) were all women, called “Rosies”!

    Not likely Jean F. Hall, but there was another Jean:

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