In the world of technological innovations, men might have the numbers but women have not only caught up, but also led from the front, often in skewed working spaces. From the first programmer in the world to designers of operating systems, there are many incredible women from the tech world who made a huge difference.
Recently, a lot of companies are taking up initiatives to include more women in the tech world. One of the very famous collective is Black Girls Code. Another well-known initiative is Women Tech Makers sponsored by Google. San Fransisco based non-profit organization Girl In Tech also started their Indian operation this January.
Say hello to tech's badass women inventors.
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Countess Augusta Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), English mathematician and writer. The daughter of Byron and friend of Charles Babbage, she devised the programme for Babbage's analytical Engine. She is often referred to as the first computer programmer ever.
Dr. Grace Hopper, the originator of Electronic computer automatic programming for the Remington Rand Division of Sperry Rand Corporation. She was a key figure in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. Because of that, she is famously known as Grandma COBOL
Shakuntala Devi was known as a human computer. She had an amazing ability to carry out difficult mathematical calculations mentally. She holds a place in Guinness book of world records for multiplying two 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds.
Marissa Mayers was the first woman employee of Google. She developed the layout of the famous Google Search page. Over the years, she was a key figure in the products such as Google Search, Maps, News, Gmail and many more. In 2012 she assumed the position of CEO at Yahoo!
She was the first woman to work in General Electrics as a scientist. Her major achievement was developing an 99% transmissive 'invisible glass', which was used in movies and submarine periscopes later.
Susan was on the Apple team working alongside Steve Jobs on the Macintosh team. She worked as a graphic designer for the Macintosh user interface. After Apple she worked with NeXT, IBM and Microsoft too.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian film actress who invented radio guidance system along with the composer George Antheil. She developed the technique of frequency hopping which involves sending a signal through multiple frequency channels.
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The American video game designer is known as the creator of the video game King's Quest. Later on, she founded the company Sierra On-line. She retired in 1999. Her other famous video games were Mystery House and Phantasmagoria.
Radia Pearman is a software designer and a network engineer. Her biggest contribution is in the development of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) which is used in network bridges. She also developed a child-friendly version of programming language LOGO called TORTIS.