June 24, 2013

Can you name some computer pioneers besides Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak?

How about An Wang? An Wang built his computer company with just $600 in savings in 1951. By the
1980s, his company had thousands of employees and was worth several billion dollars. Wang computers were essentially word processing terminals. Before inventing the word processor, he created a desktop calculator.

Grace Hopper contributed to the development of Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL), a computer language. She worked with the Mark I which was a computer used by the Navy to calculate firing distances for weapons. Grace was fascinated with computers, and after retiring from the Navy, worked at Harvard on Mark II and Mark III.

Other computer inventors mentioned in Pioneering American Computer Geniuses include: Herman Hollerith, John von Neumann, John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr., Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Marc Hannah, and Marc Andreessen.

There are also five other titles in the Inspiring Collective Biographies series. All six titles are available in both library and paperback editions, and can be found through your local vendor, your local independent bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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