Kay McNulty …

…. AND THE ENIAC PROGRAMMERS As part of a secret World War Two project, six young women programmed the first all-electronic programmable computer, ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer. It was designed and used to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army and [...]

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m sure that you will have seen that quotation all over the internet. You may even have it in your room on one of those motivational posters. [...]

Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll was born in Mayfair, the fifth of seven children. Her father was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards. Her younger brother was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, who borrowed the family name for his book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Her on circle of friends was wide and influential and [...]

Sally Ride

In 1983, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space, when she took her place aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Sally Ride grew up in Los Angeles and went to Stanford University, where she [...]

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace M Hopper was a remarkable woman; an American computer scientist who programmed the very first computers, and United States Navy rear admiral. Born in 1906 she graduated from Vaser College with a BA in mathematics and physics and, while teaching at Vasser, went on to study [...]

Maria Winkelmann

Maria Winkelmann was one of the most famous of the early female astronomers in Germany . Born in 1670, she was educated by her father,  who believed that she deserved an education equivalent to that given to young boys of the time, her uncle and from a nearby self-taught astronomer, Christopher [...]
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