It’s Women’s History Month, and tech42 is honored to recognize and celebrate the influential women that have advanced the field of technology. Without individuals like Ada Lovelace, technology would not be close to what it is today. 

Notable Women in Tech History

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer by many individuals. During her life, she was a mathematician, which was uncommon for women during this time. Her good friend Charles Babbage designed the Analytical Engine, often considered the world’s first computer. Lovelace wrote what many people consider the first computer algorithm for Babbage’s design. Lovelace is recognized for her ambitions and her beliefs that computers could be used beyond calculations. Her dreams and passion were guiding lights in the technology field and led computers to be what they are today. 

Radia Perlman

Dr. Radia Perlman is an American computer scientist, programmer, and network engineer. She is known as the “Mother of the Internet” because of the massive contribution she made to the development of the modern internet. 

Dr. Perlman is well known for her work on the Internet Protocol network layers. She is also known for her development of the spanning tree algorithm and the spanning tree protocol. With over 80 patents, it is clear that we have Dr. Perlman to thank for shaping the modern-day internet.

Susan Kare

Susan Kare is a well-known American graphic designer. She contributed to the design and development of personal computers and software interfaces. While working at Apple, she helped create the user interface for the original Macintosh computer. She also designed many of the symbols, icons, and typefaces that are still used at Apple today.

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