Weekly poll: 15 Feb 2016
Feb 15 1946, 70 years ago ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was dedicated. ENIAC was the first electronic general purpose computer. There were six women and their supervisor (also a woman) who programmed ENIAC. They had to physically reconfigure the switches and cables of the computer to reprogram it. In those days, even though it was their job to understand how the computer worked and reprogram it to carry out new calculations, they were considered clerks. It wasn’t until many years later the significance of their work was recognised.
Note: This week’s poll was put together before the UN announced 11 Feb as the International Day of Women and Girls in science 😉