[SIGCIS-Members] "Hidden Figures" in history of computing?

M. Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Tue Feb 7 08:39:16 PST 2017

Hi Madeleine,

You might be interested in my syllabus on Women in Computing History available here: 

A recent hidden figure in computing who my unearthed is Joan Ball, see more about her in the first article listed here:


Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net | @histoftech
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

On Feb 7, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Madeleine Clare Elish <madeleine at datasociety.net> wrote:

Dear SIGCIS community,

Who are the "Hidden Figures" in the history of computing, and especially "artificial intelligence" research? There must be so many more (and more diverse?) than Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and the women behind ENIAC. Do you have favorite histories about individuals or communities?

I'm working on a research project for a documentary film and would be very grateful for suggestions about books, articles, people, or other resources. I'm a novice here, so thank you for your patience with my inquiry. Suggestions on or off list most welcome! 

Have you come across an unsung hero(ine) that you'd be willing to direct us toward? 

Thank you for your time, and looking forward to your thoughts,


M C Elish

Intelligence & Autonomy Initiative
Data & Society Institute
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10011

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