As a young girl in the 1930s, Jean Bartik dreamed of adventures in the world beyond her family's farm in northwestern Missouri. After college, she had her chance when she was hired by the US Army to work on a secret project. At a time when many people thought women could not work in technical fields like science and mathematics, Jean became one of the world's first computer programmers. She helped program the ENIAC, the first successful stored-program computer, and had a long career in the field of computer science. Thanks to computer pioneers like Jean, today we have computers that can do almost anything.
About the Author
Kim D. Todd is Assistant Director of the Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum and a user consultant with the Information Systems Department at Northeast Missouri State University. She was co-editor of Jean Bartik's autobiography, Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik and the Computer that Changed the World (Truman State University Press).