Briefcase Laptop : 2001 Space Odyssey
Cryptographers Dorothy Du Boisson & Elsie Booker operating the codebreaking computer Colossus Mk. 2. Bletchley Park, England, ca. 1944.
User at a hypertext editing editing system console. Brown University, 1969.
Unidentified high school students learning how to use a PC, from the IEEE Computer Society film “Adventures of the Mind”, circa early 1980s.
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Programmer, hardware engineer and attorney Mary Allen Wilkes, pictured here programming a LINC computer at her parents’ Baltimore residence.
While Wilkes spent a brief four years at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, her contributions were immense: she played an instrumental role in the creation of LINC, the first viable small computer and progenitor of DEC’s PDP-8 line, programmed its operating system (the LINC Assembly Program or LAP) and developed the assembler-linker model used by modern compilers. In 1965, she designed and built a computer at home and is subsequently cited as the first owner of a “personal computer” by some computer history experts.
Woman operating an IBM 1620 data processing system, circa 1958.
Kathleen Booth with the ARC computer relay panel, 1948. Booth developed various components for the ARC and wrote the ARC assembly language, generally considered to be the first assembly language.