Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

24 Mar is Ada Lovelace day.  Ada was a programmer back in the days that a computer still referred to a person.  She was such a huge influence on computer science that one of the first programming languages was named after her.

Who are your female influences in science and technology?

I have always admired Eileen Collins, the first female pilot and then commander of a space shuttle.

Beatrix Potter theorized that antibiotic properties in lichen helped them fight disease.  She theorized that lichen were made up of a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi.  She wrote a paper on the subject which was not well received, and eventually withdrawn.  Decades later, scientists proved that she was correct.

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~ by Liz on March 23, 2010.

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