Category Archives: Computer Science

Karen Spärk Jones

From Geek Feminism Wiki featured article on 6.12.13: Karen Spärck Jones, the University of Cambridge Photo permissions:  CC BY Thayvian Karen Spärck Jones (1935–2007) was a British computer scientist. Her specialties were natural language processing and information retrieval. Spärck Jones had a long history … Continue reading

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Evi Nemeth

  Thanks to Sam Kome, who passed along this story from The Register (photo from Telluride Tech Festival Site): SHE LITERALLY WROTE THE BOOK ON UNIX Evi Nemeth was born in 1940 and earned her PhD in mathematics in 1971 before … Continue reading

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Grace Hopper

Thank you to Jill S. Tietjen, President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. and regular contributor to Grandma got STEM for this remembrance of Admiral Grace Hopper. The woman whom I credit as the catalyst for all of the work that I … Continue reading

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Jean F. Hall

Jason Bittle’s article about Grandma got STEM in Slate.com 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 … Continue reading

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Rita Brogan

Thanks to Eileen McConkie who sent this post: My mother, Rita Brogan, who is also a grandmother of 24 and a great grandmother, got STEM.  She was a reading specialist for Virginia public schools.  She continued her education and taught computer … Continue reading

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We’ll just call her Dorothy

This post was sent by Alex, son of (top secret) STEM-ma Dorothy. My mother was quite the techie back in the day.  She got a master’s degree in math (having to endure a professor telling her that women don’t belong … Continue reading

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Sharon Richardson

Well, where to start?  I always wanted to go to Texas Technological College (now a university) so I applied as a Petroleum Engineer.  I got back my application, but it was marked “Physics”.  I quickly changed my major to Engineering … Continue reading

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