[vcf-midatlantic] down the rabbit hole: another women computer pioneer

Jeffrey Jonas jeffrey.scott.jonas at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 06:22:48 UTC 2022


A friend noted this URL:
https://twitter.com/pickover/status/1503194571114790914

Mary Kenneth Keller (1913 – 1985) was an American Roman Catholic religious
sister
and the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science in the United
States.

Ben Bradley replying to  @pickover:
I recognize that machine, it's a Bi-Tran Six,
I used one in college in 1977 for an assembly programming course
along with a KIM-1 and DG Nova.
Specs (actual core memory and lights tied directly to the hardware
registers!) in post #30
https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?threads/bi-tran-six.3698/


Another friend noted
She wasn't JUST the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science.
She and a male grad student at Washington University in St. Louis (Irving
C. Tang)
received the first two Ph.Ds in computer science on the same day.
So she's tied for the honor of being the first PERSON to earn a Ph.D. in
computer science.
https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/159591-who-earned-first-computer-science-phd/fulltext


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