When you think of pioneers of the tech world, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and even Mark Zuckerberg are often the names that receive accolades for turning technology into what it is today.
But did you know that women who have played a significant role in the evolution of technology, as well?
March is women’s history month, and to celebrate the great accomplishments women have made in tech, I have listed five spectacular innovators whom I believe have and continue to revolutionize technology:
1. Susan Kare
Did you know she led the team over at Apple to redesign the Mac during the 1980’s?
Susan Kare was responsible for many of the fonts and icons used on the MAC. After she left Apple, Susan Kare continued on to go on to create graphics we all recognize today like the card deck for Microsoft’s Solitaire game, Paypal, Facebook, and Digg among others.
2. Grace Hopper
Grace Hopper, US Navy officer who created one of the first computer programming languages called COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) for businesses and the government.
She was the first women to receive a PhD in Mathematics from Yale.
And, she also coined the term debugging’.
3. Radia Perlman
Radia Perlman is asoftware engineer designer and network engineer who is often called the Mother of the Internet.
She created the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), a language the Internet uses to communicate between one computer and another.
In other words, it is because of Radia Perlman that we are able to visit our favorite sites.
4. Marissa Mayer
Not only was Marissa Mayer, Google’s first female engineer, her work on Google Maps, Google Books, Google Images and Gmail helped catapult the company to become the #1 search company.
In my opinion, more women like Marissa Mayer are needed in the 21st century to lead in the tech world.
As CEO of Yahoo!, Mayer is bringing this tech giant back from the dead.
5. Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr was known for her talents onscreen, but what many don’t know is that she was responsible for creating what is known as frequency hopping. A process which sends radio signals from different frequency channels.
Originally created as a communication system to fight against the Nazis back in WWII, her invention, along with co-inventor, George Antheil, ending up developing a key component in our modern wireless technology.
In other words, we are able to use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth because of an idea that came about over 70 years ago.