[SIGCIS-Members] Question From The American Computer & Robotics Museum in Montana \\ Sydney-Anne Holt

D. Schmudde d at schmud.de
Sun Apr 22 10:53:54 PDT 2018


George,

Sydney-Anne Holt was a layout designer of the 6502. She can be seen here 
holding a white 650x: 
http://www.commodore.ca/gallery/magazines/misc/mos_605x_team_eetimes_august_1975.pdf.

Considering the significance of the 6502 to early personal computing 
hardware, she seems to fit the request. I'm a little late to the 
submission because I tried to source some contact information but was 
unable. You might have better luck.

/Schmudde

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> Sophie Wilson <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Wilson> certainly
> should be included.  An associate found her in *Digital Design and Computer
> Architecture, ARM edition
> <https://textbooks.elsevier.com/web/product_details.aspx?isbn=9780128000564>*,
> by Harris and Harris.
>
>
> With Steve Furber, she was co-designer of the ARM series processors from
> ARM 1 through ARM7 (starting in 1983), and her earlier work experience at
> Acorn starting in 1981 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Wilson#Career>
> makes excellent reading as well.  She currently works at Broadcom.
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> On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 1:22 PM, Chuck House <housec1839 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Interesting question, George.  I am hopeful that you get lots of useful
>> input
>>
>> I am concerned that you could be 'too narrow' in the sense of saying "only
>> PC hardware"    That would count the IBM PC designers, the Apple II and Mac
>> designers, the KayPro and its ilk, the Osborne, and maybe even the Eagle,
>> right?
>>
>> But it would not include the key chip for Apple, the Mostek 6502, or the
>> tools including ion implantation at Applied Materials that helped the 6502
>> layout team, right?   And it would  doubtless exclude workstations, mini's,
>> and desktops, not to mention handheld calculators, printers, disc drives,
>> etc.  Is this what you hoped to elicit by adding "chips"?
>>
>> Almost all the chips were done at chip companies, except for HP, DEC, and
>> IBM.  Specifically, they weren't really done at the PC companies.  And a PC
>> included lots of firmware/software that was integral to the machine very
>> often rather than on floppys or externally packaged.    Never mind that the
>> Mac was said to be 'saved' by Desktop Publsihing, and the whole field by
>> the killer Spreadsheet.
>>
>> My key candidate would be Lynn Conway, for whom I penned the attached IEEE
>> article a few years back.   She did yeoman work at XeroxPARC re VLSI
>> circuit design, unheralded for a long time.   But I would also include
>> Adele Goldberg, for her 'software' work on Smalltalk, and her encouragement
>> of Alan Kay for the DynaBook.   She probably wouldn't make your cut if it
>> has to be hardware, but if it is to be PC-centric, her work led to the
>> GUI's that the Mac employed famously.  She in fact strongly opposed letting
>> Jobs into PARC.
>>
>> I would absolutely include Pat Castro of HP, who was the first female
>> engineer at Fairchild Semi (who experienced plenty of anti-MeToo acts), and
>> later ran HP's IC fab shop, processing Conway's VLSI work for Stanford and
>> PARC.   She has two key HP Journal articles in June 1981.  Beatriz Infante
>> and Diane Bracken were noted as key contributors to this effort also.
>> Beatriz later was SVP at Oracle, and CEO at Aspect Communications.   Jim
>> Gibbons at Stanford, and Lynn herself, are clear that without Pat's
>> contribution, virtually none of the VLSI work that she and Carver Mead
>> described would have been brought to fruition for several more years.
>>
>> But these seemingly are not what you asked.
>>
>> So my approach, admittedly adjacent to your request,  was to see how and
>> where women show up in the HP designer 'archives' -- prior to and including
>> PC development.   And the answer is sadly LOW.    The handheld calculator
>> lines and the desktop computer lines had virtually no women designers
>> cited; the minicomputer lines had some, mostly doing firmware or software.
>>    Peripherals?  None.  I list below what I found in a cursory search this
>> morning.  See http://www.hpl.hp.com/hpjournal/pdfs/IssuePDFs/hpjindex.html
>>
>> There were three women designers on the HP 21-MX series (HPJ October
>> 1974), none explicitly hardware designers, but all with hardware 'chops':
>> Janelle Bedke for dynamic mapping functions (later she led product design,
>> hardware and software, for the HP 2621 Intelligent Terminal; and then
>> co-founder, COO and CEO for Software Publishing); Darlene Harrell (21-MX
>> test jigs); and Rose Carson, packaging.   Bedke describes the HP2621 as the
>> HP competitor to the TRS-80 and the Osborne in 1979 in her recent Computer
>> History Museum oral interview.
>>
>> The first by-lined and profiled HP woman engineer was Lynn Tillman, who
>> did the microprogramming (then a hardware function in PROMs) for the HP-70
>> and HP-22 handheld calculators.   See Nov 75 HPJ
>>
>> The next issue, December 1975 has three articles citing women designers.
>> The first article concerns hybrid chip development, done in part by Ruth
>> Buss, Rose Stamps, and Gina Anderson.   This work is adjacent to computer
>> design per se, but the next two, one by Linda Averett and the other
>> co-authored by Adele Gadol, are for HP's first real-time executive
>> operating system work, RTE-II, then closely coupled to hardware design even
>> though it was technically software.   This was mostly for real-time control
>> systems, think satellite space controllers, rather than CPUs for business.
>> And a long way from PCs.
>>
>> Kathy Hahn was first bylined and profiled in HPJ March 1977. for her CS
>> work on HPE and RTE-III, the HP 1000 Real-time Executive operating system.
>> She was in process of completing her EE Masters, and went on to design much
>> hardware for HP computing.   Her key role next was the RTE-IV real-time
>> operating system for the HP1000 family--this was THE hardware/software
>> interface operating system for the world for the next decade.  See October
>> 1978 HPJ, which also cites Linda Averett and Sheila Kapoor.  The key
>> article in this issue though was by Julia Cates, who was the project leader
>> and key designer of the F-series floating point chip.  Chuck Geber in a
>> succeeding article cites Julia's key talents as well.
>>
>> Another 'adjacent' was Carolyn Finch, for her role in designing miniature
>> probes for IC testing--April 77 HPJ (this was 'mechanical eng'g' for an
>> electrical parametric situation) when HP was 'big' in PC chips, shipping
>> 75,000 16-bit micros before Intel sampled its first one.
>>
>> A number of women were listed for the ill-fated SOS-based HP300, mostly
>> for RPG software and software functionality contributions.  See HPJ June
>> 1979, which includes Wendy Pelkus' article re RPG, Report Program
>> Generator, for biz apps; and May Kovelick's article re the HP300 BASIC
>> compiler.
>>
>> Izagma I. Alonso- Velez was the HP 64000 PASCAL compiler designer--again
>> software, but dedicated to developing firmware tasks.  See Oct 1980 HPJ
>>
>> Nancy Federman wrote several significant manufacturing tracking system
>> components, viz. April 1981.   This is in the era when Sandy Kurtzig
>> founded ASK Computer doing similar things (Sandy's husband worked at HP).
>>   Maybe more significantly, Loretta Winston authored an article in the same
>> issue about "Customizing Software for computers" that was both prescient
>> and exemplary for being the first black female to be published at HP (and
>> maybe in the industry).
>>
>> For HP chip design, a big part was the Electron Beam Lithography program,
>> which along with Bell Labs was the leading chip definition system of the
>> era.  Nancy Kendzierski was one of the two software designers for the
>> project columnator; several other women contributed to the software for the
>> multiple exposure runs.   See May 1981 HPJ.  This issue is the month before
>> the big June 1981 issue re HP Chip designs.
>>
>> Karen Meinert was the key main memory designer for HP's biggest mini, the
>> HP3000 64. Full-on hardware!    Story in HPJ, March 1982
>>
>> Kathy Qwinn, at HP Fort Collins, is the first woman cited from HP's
>> desktop computer divisions.  She led the BASIC compiler development, for
>> what at the time was by far the leading desktop computer system in the
>> world in unit placements and revenue; story in May 1982 HPJ.   See the
>> history of these lines in http://www.hp9825.com
>>
>> Susan Okada led the plasma etching system for the dry lithography work at
>> HP Labs that resulted in many microchip developments.   HPJ Aug 1982
>>
>> In the Sept 1983 HPJ issue, four women are included in HP's first low-cost
>> color terminals, the HP 2700 family.   Sharon  Mead was the project
>> manager, along with Catherin Potter and two others;  Diane Rodriquez and
>> Barbara Stanley wrote the PaintBrush app.
>>
>> And in December 1983, Janet Accentura co-teamed to lead the Ultrasound
>> Imaging system, with Radhu Basu assisting (later to become a key Indian
>> developer in the Valley).
>>
>> Leslie Neft (the A-700( and Marlu Allen (the A-900) were two key hardware
>> designers for HP's low-cost 'mini's--the HP 1000 Series A--described by
>> program manager Nancy Schoendorf and others in Feb 1984 HPJ.   Sara
>> Dickinson, not profiled, was a key hardware designer as well.     Elizabeth
>> Clark co-wrote the RTE operating system.
>>
>> The August 1984 HPJ issue described HP's ill-fated Touchscreen 150 PC,
>> with Carol Mills as product manager (later to be a key industry exec);
>> Susan Carrie and Trish Brown on hardware; Becky Smith on firmware; and the
>> aforementioned Sharon Mead with Sherry Murphy and Barbara Packard as
>> project managers.
>>
>> Laura Cory, Nancy Schoendorf, Gail Hamilton, Janelle Bedke, Carol Mills --
>> a few designers from HP who went on to significant contributions
>> elsewhere.
>>
>> Cory worked in DSD as a designer, then marketing director, then division
>> manager.
>> Later, she became a key exec elsewhere http://bigpicture.net/article/
>> cory-named-president-sun-chemicals-digital-unit
>>
>> Schoendorf also worked at DSD, then CSY, as an HP-UX operating systems
>> designer, then moved to Software Publishing with Bedke, then to SUN, and
>> then to the VC world.   http://mdv.com/nancy-schoendorf/
>>
>> Hamilton-- Gail Hamilton managed the development of the 64310 Analyzer and
>> earlier contributed to the development of the 8085 and 6502 personality
>> modules for the 1611A.  These were key tools for the PC designers of the
>> day, since the 8085 and 6502 were the mainstay chips for PCs.   She later
>> was VP for Compaq, Symantec, and on the Arrow Board.
>> See HPJ June 1984, and https://www.bloomberg.com/
>> research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=506168&privcapId=313734
>>
>> *************
>>
>> So, TO YOUR QUESTION
>>
>> Should any of these be featured in your exhibit as I interpret what you
>> seek?
>>
>> I'd broaden the list slightly, to include Bedke (SPC was the third largest
>> PC SW firm by 1984, with the top-selling IBM PC SW besides spreadsheets),
>> Conway, Castro, and Goldberg
>>
>> The rest are names in arcana, hardly significant enough for your
>> question.   I wish there were many more.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Chuck House
>> InnovaScapes Institute
>> CHM Trustee
>> ACM History Committee Chair
>>
>>
>>
>> ?On 4/9/18, 7:44 AM, "Members on behalf of George Keremedjiev" <
>> members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org on behalf of director at compustory.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>      Hello to all. My first posting.
>>
>>      Our museum is opening on June 1st a major exhibit on women in
>> computing.
>>
>>      Question:
>>      Does anyone know of any personal computer hardware women engineers in
>> the 1975-1985 era (+/-) who we should consider including in the exhibit?
>> For example, women members of the Homebrew Club and/or employees at, for
>> example - Apple, HP, Atari, Commodore, Tandy, Intel, TI, IBM, Xerox, etc. -
>> who were hardware engineers and involved in the design of computer hardware
>> components including microchips.
>>
>>      The key term is hardware.
>>
>>      Thank you in advance for your consideration and possible help with the
>> above!
>>
>>      Best,
>>      George
>>
>>      George Keremedjiev
>>      Director
>>      American Computer & Robotics Museum
>>      Bozeman, MT
>>      www.compustory.com
>>
>>
>>      Sent from my iPhone
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> Hello.
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> I thank all of you who responded to date with suggestions to my inquiry below!
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> With much gratitude.
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> Sincerely,
> George
>
> George Keremedjiev
> Director
> American Computer & Robotics Museum
> Bozeman, MT
> www.compustory.com
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>> On Apr 9, 2018, at 8:44 AM, George Keremedjiev <director at compustory.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hello to all. My first posting.
>>
>> Our museum is opening on June 1st a major exhibit on women in computing.
>>
>> Question:
>> Does anyone know of any personal computer hardware women engineers in the 1975-1985 era (+/-) who we should consider including in the exhibit? For example, women members of the Homebrew Club and/or employees at, for example - Apple, HP, Atari, Commodore, Tandy, Intel, TI, IBM, Xerox, etc. - who were hardware engineers and involved in the design of computer hardware components including microchips.
>>
>> The key term is hardware.
>>
>> Thank you in advance for your consideration and possible help with the above!
>>
>> Best,
>> George
>>
>> George Keremedjiev
>> Director
>> American Computer & Robotics Museum
>> Bozeman, MT
>> www.compustory.com
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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