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Woman in Science Short: Annie Easley, the computer scientist you probably never heard of

It’s been a while, I know.  This is a short post on a woman in science who I find to be pretty cool.  With hackathons recently going on all over the country, it’s fitting to feature a computer scientist. 

When I’m sitting at my computer at work I like to research the lives of scientists.  As I’ve mentioned before, new names pop up all the time.  Sometimes names pop up that I’ve heard before but that I didn’t look deeper into.  Annie Easley was one of those names.

Today, organizations like Black Girls Code and blerdology focus their energies on bringing computer science to the masses, particularly women and persons of color.  Annie Easley is one of their predecessors.  Born in 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama, Easley did not take the formal education route to becoming a computer scientist for NASA, but she was a trailblazer.

I am astounded by her personal story as revealed in an interview she did with the NASA Headquarters History Office.  A black woman from the south who grew up in a single parent home during Jim Crow?  She is one of the first black women to contribute her energy and intellect to computer science, and rocket science, for that matter.  Check out the links below for more information on Annie Easley.

GeekSquad:  Annie Easley

Wikipedia:  Annie Easley

Obituary:  Annie Easley

Check out some of the previously featured scientists:

St. Elmo Brady

Maud Menten

Mary Maynard Daly

One thought on “Woman in Science Short: Annie Easley, the computer scientist you probably never heard of

  1. Pingback: Annie Easley | Grandma Got STEM

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