Mothers of Invention
These pioneering women in technology have saved the world from war, climate change, and boredom online with their contributions to modern inventions.
publication date: Friday, December 16, 2011
clue: This British scholar has taught students about engineering and politicians about climate change. (Who's the king?)
explanation: King was an educator who received several government appointments. more…
publication date: Thursday, December 15, 2011
clue: Somebody had to help the Navy work out the bugs in COBOL, and this officer was up to the task.
explanation: Hopper was an influential computer scientist for the U.S. Navy, who developed machine-independent programming languages like COBOL, and coined the term "debugging." more…
publication date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
clue: Your only flicker of hope with this goo may be to guess on a hunch.
explanation: Fake co-founded the web services Flickr and Hunch. more…
publication date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
clue: Although her film career sank after White Cargo and Samson & Delilah, she helped the U.S. Navy program superior torpedoes.
explanation: Lamarr was a film star who developed a method for changing wireless frequencies that was eventually adopted by the Navy. more…
publication date: Monday, December 12, 2011
clue: The world's first computer programmer might only have been remembered for her poet father if she hadn't been inspired by Charles Babbage.
explanation: Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and a colleague of Charles Babbage who created the first computer algorithm. more…