Women and Technology in the 1940s

Colossus

Women called Wrens, operating Colossus; the world’s first digital electronic computer invented in England.

Great British Innovation; http://www.topbritishinnovations.org/PastInnovations/Colossus.aspx.

For more information on this image you can visit the English government link.

 

 

 

 

washingmachine

Women in Arizona takes the cover off of her new electrical washing machine in 1943.

The Library of Congress; http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a28403/

For more information you can read about this picture at the Library of Congress website.

 

 

 

 

nist

Women test enormous quantities of quartz in order to see their effectiveness in radar and radio waves for WW II use.

National Institute of Standards and Technology; http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2012/04/03/nist-1940s

For more information you can visit this article at the Department of Commerce website.

 

 

 

 

 

calutron_girls

Women operate calutron control panels for the Manhattan Project, unaware of what they were helping create at the time.

Ray Smith weekly columnist for Oak Ridge; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project

For an article and more information on the women nearest to the front you can visit this link.

 

 

 

 

Operating ENIAC Computer

The women of ENIAC operate and program the first all purpose general computer.

University of Pennsylvania, circa 1946; http://fortune.com/2014/09/18/walter-isaacson-the-women-of-eniac/

To learn more about ENIAC and the women responsible you can visit this link at Fortune Magazine.

 

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