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Hedy Lamarr in Boom Town, 1940

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Hedy Lamarr in Boom Town, 1940. 
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Hedy Lamarr in Boom Town, 1940. 

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Mildred Cohn

Biochemist Mildred Cohn used new technology to measure organic reactions in living cells.

Miranda Bloch

Miranda “Randy” Bloch not only served as a Marine during World War II, she was one of the rare women Marines to be issued flight orders, helping pilots and air crew train for radar bombing runs.

Judith Resnik

The second female American astronaut to travel into space, Judith Resnik is remembered for her death in the tragic Challenger explosion.

Living by Their Own Codes

Women who make history rarely feel the need to adhere to others' narratives—and that goes double for Jewish women.  So it's not surprising that when Radia Perlman, architect of many of the routing and bridging protocols that make the modern Internet possible, discusses her childhood, she casually disposes of the standard geek-culture heroic origin story: "I did not fit the stereotype of the 'engineer.' I never took things apart or built a computer out of spare parts."  Irene Greif, a fellow computer scientist who brought ethnographers, anthropologists and sociologists into systems design through her field of computer-supported cooperative work, cheerfully admits: "I have a whole history of always choosing marginal roles and in marginal subjects of research and so on for myself."  Her work, though, has turned out to be anything but marginal. 

Radia Perlman, 2009

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Radia Perlman, software designer and network engineer, 2009.
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Radia Perlman, software designer and network engineer, 2009.

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Irene Greif

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Irene Greif.
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Irene Greif.

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Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali

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MIT Professors and computer scientists Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, winners of the 2013 ACM Alan M. Turing Award.
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MIT Professors and computer scientists Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, winners of the 2013 ACM Alan M. Turing Award.

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MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser wins “the Nobel Prize in computing”

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MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser Wins “the Nobel Prize in Computing”

Henriette Avram, 1919 - 2006

Contrary to popular opinion, librarians have been leaders in the digital revolution, and Henriette Avram was one of the most prominent members of the vanguard. With no formal training as a librarian—indeed without a college degree—she almost single-handedly developed MARC, the file format that makes books and other forms of information discoverable.

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