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Hedy Lamarr and computer science


The picture above is the world’s first electronic computer, Colossus, in 1944. Its operators are women.

This picture is Hedy Lamarr, a film star between the 1930s and the 1950s. In 1941, at the height of her film career, she invented an algorithm for spread-spectrum broadcasting. She couldn’t get it taken up at the time, but she won a scientific award for it in 1997. Continue reading