[SIGCIS-Members] Talk, Santa Clara, Mon, 3/20: "The Other Women of ENIAC"

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Sat Mar 18 14:46:19 PDT 2017


Recording?



On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 4:11 PM, Thomas Haigh <thomas.haigh at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello SIGCIS,
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> Those of you in the Bay Area might be interested in my event on Monday
> night, “The Other Women of ENIAC: Rethinking IT Innovation” with the
> history group of the local IEEE Computer Society chapter.  It’s a fun talk,
> and this time there’ll be a short conversation before as well as a QA
> afterwards.  Details below and at http://sites.ieee.org/sv-techhist/?p=621.
> More about the project (and previously recorded talks) at
> www.eniacinaction.com.
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> Best wishes,
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> Tom
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> *From:* sv-history at ieee.org [mailto:sv-history at ieee.org] *On Behalf Of *Brian
> Berg
> *Sent:* Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:13 AM
> *To:* Silicon Valley History Listserver <sv-history at LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG>
> *Subject:* Mon, 3/20: "The Other Women of ENIAC"
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> I hope to see you on Monday evening at this event.  Brian Berg
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> *The Other Women of ENIAC: Rethinking IT Innovation (Mon, March 20)
> <http://www.siliconvalleyhistory.com>*The second event was organized by
> Alan J. Weissberger from our committee, in the wake of a talk given by
> Thomas Haigh at the Computer History Museum.  We have invited the local IEEE
> Women in Engineering (WIE) chapter <http://sites.ieee.org/scv-wie/> to
> co-sponsor this event.
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> *What makes a computing historian tick?  What motivates their research
> into arcane topics and to lead a group of information technology historians
> (SIGCIS)?  We’ll learn that and more in an enlightening conversation with
> Thomas Haigh which will precede his presentation on the very popular
> book ENIAC in Action <http://www.eniacinaction.com/>, published in 2016 by
> MIT Press.Haigh explains that the six women now celebrated as the “first
> computer programmers” were actually hired as computer operators and worked
> hands-on with the machine around the clock. Other women, who actually
> built ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic computer, have been
> forgotten entirely. So has most of the work that made the project so
> successful, from procuring the right kind of wire to saving ENIAC from
> flood water.Popular stories about the history of information technology
> have usually focused on great inventors and technical breakthroughs, from
> Charles Babbage and Alan Turing to Steve Jobs and the World Wide Web.
> Operations work and the labor of non-geniuses has been mostly written out
> of the history of innovation, but without it no computer would be useful.
> Information historian Thomas Haigh has written it back in!*
>
> The conversation will be moderated by Alan J. Weissberger, past chair and
> founder of the IEEE SV Tech History committee.
>
> *Thomas Haigh, PhD*, is an Associate Professor at the University of
> Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Comenius Visiting Professor of the History of
> Computing at Siegen University. He has published on many aspects of the
> history of computing including the evolution of data base management
> systems, word processing, the software package, corporate computer
> departments, Internet software, computing in science fiction, the “software
> crisis” of the 1960s, IBM in Europe, and the Colossus code breaking
> machines.
>
> ​Besides being the author of ENIAC in Action (MIT, 2016) Haigh is the
> editor of Histories of Computing (Harvard, 2011), a collection of the work
> of Michael Mahoney, and the lead editor of a 2015 special issue of
> Information and Culture on the theme “Histories of the Internet.” From 2005
> to 2015 he was chair of SIGCIS, the group for historians of information
> technology. Learn more at www.tomandmaria.com/tom
>
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