Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day 2011. The brief:
This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves!
I randomly collected links that I liked during the day on my Tumblr blog, but there were so many good historically-minded ones I thought I’d round them up here.
Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy
the ongoing saga of minouette: Madame Wu and the Violation of Parity
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997), Chinese-born American physicist
Ada Lovelace Day: Emmy Noether and Symmetry, Revisited « Galileo’s Pendulum
mathematician Emmy Noether (1882-1935)
Daughters of Urania | The Renaissance Mathematicus
17th-century female astronomers.
For Ada Lovelace Day: Lucy Wills « Stuff And Nonsense
haematologist who discovered folate (folic acid)
For Ada Lovelace Day: Jane Coe | Mercurius Politicus
Jane Coe, 17th century printer.
Beulah Henry: “I invent because I cannot help it” « Public Historian
Prolific inventor Beulah Louise Henry (1887-1973).
For Ada Lovelace Day: Eleanor Coade – Georgian London
renowned artificial stone manufacturer and ceramic artist
Longitude, ladies and computers – Board of Longitude blog
Mary Edwards, a ‘human’ computer
It’s Ada Lovelace Day! | AXON
Daphne Oram, electronic music pioneer
Don’t look for meanings, count mentions – PHP/ir
Karen Spärck Jones – natural language processing, machine translation, and search
Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson « Valerie Aurora
Parallel processing expert and first African-American woman electrical engineering PhD in the U.S.
Ada Lovelace Day: Susan Hockey « Bethany Nowviskie
a digital humanities pioneer and mentor
Sources and stories
Ada Lovelace Day
historical and personal perspectives from Ian Hopkinson
Ada Lovelace Day 2011: Telling Stories « Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
including the WRENs who worked at Bletchley Park