Carol Shaw, The First Female Video Game Developer

Carol Shaw, with the Atari masterpiece River Raid.

This piece by Benj Edwards first appeared on Vintage Computing and Gaming in October 2011

By her own admission, Carol Shaw isn’t your average American woman. Growing up in a world of technology and science traditionally guided by men, she ignored implicit gender barriers and pursued what came to her naturally.

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Emma M Nutt, the world’s first female telephone operator

Emma M Nutt, via Wikipedia

On September 1, 1878 Emma Mills Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the world.

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Emmy Noether — Inventor of abstract algebra

Emmy Noether (photo via Cosmos Magazine / Getty Images)

Noether’s Theorem is to theoretical physics what natural selection is to biology. If you wrote an equation encapsulating all we know about theoretical physics you could label terms contributed by Feynman, Schrödinger, Maxwell and Dirac, but if you wrote “Noether” on the equation it would have to cover the entire thing.

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Joan Clarke, pioneering female WW2 codebreaker

 

 

Joan Clarke’s ingenious work as a codebreaker during WW2 saved countless lives, and her talents were formidable enough to command the respect of some of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, despite the sexism of the time.

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Mae Jemison: astronaut, STEM advocate & futurist

 

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post

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Who was Ada Lovelace?

Ada Lovelace

This profile originally appears on Finding Ada. By Sydney Padua, author of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain’s first female doctor

 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first female doctor to qualify in England. She opened a school of medicine for women, and paved the way for women’s medical education in Britain. Partly as a result of her open campaigning, an act of Parliament was passed in 1876 permitting women to enter the medical profession.

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Mary Anning, pioneering fossil hunter

Mary Anning

Mary Anning was a self-educated, working class woman from Lyme Regis and her contribution to geological science had a major impact at a time when there was little to challenge the biblical interpretation of the story of creation and of the flood. The spectacular marine reptiles that Mary unearthed shook the scientific community into looking at different explanations for changes in the natural world.

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Meet the woman in charge of building the Brooklyn Bridge

 

Emily Warren Roebling was, and still is, considered to be the person who was in charge of the day to day construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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