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Who Were the ENIAC Six?


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1946. Computers are little more than adding machines. 6 women work on a classified project in Philadelphia. The next step in computer evolution. They are the ones who program it. And can figure out the tens of thousands of tubes and cables. What if . . .

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Who Were the ENIAC Six?

  1. 1. Who Were The ENIAC Six? Why Were These Six Women Critical To The Development of Modern Computing?
  2. 2. ‘Wanted: Women With Degrees in Mathematics . . . Women are being offered scientific and engineering jobs where formerly men were preferred. Now is the time to consider your job in science and engineering… You will find that the slogan there as elsewhere is ‘WOMEN WANTED!’ Recruitment ad for ENIAC, 1945.
  3. 3. For her 24-hour bubble in time, Moms travels back to Philadelphia, 14 February 1945. The day the ENIAC computer is unveiled. Moms’s Mission: Valentines Day
  4. 4. ENIAC was formally introduced to the public on the Fifteenth of February, 1946. The press called it the ‘Great Brain’. The project was initiated by the military in 1943 to design a machine capable of rapidly calculating artillery trajectories under a secret project code- named Project PX Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  5. 5. ENIAC could branch. Trigger different operations depending on the result of the previous operation. That was a new development in computing. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  6. 6. The ENIAC Six were computing pioneers. The ENIAC didn’t have a memory. It was essentially a bunch of adding machines connected by cables. It had to be programmed by hand to set various tables of numbers. This came down to setting 1,200 ten-way switches. Something, apparently, no man had the patience to figure out. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  7. 7. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  8. 8. When ENIAC was introduced to the press on 14 February 1946, it was assumed the six women there were models for the unveiling. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  9. 9. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  10. 10. Without these six women, ENIAC couldn’t have been programmed and kept running. Who Were The ENIAC Six?
  11. 11. Who Were The ENIAC Six? Taken from Historical Women in Computing
  12. 12. What if those women had never done that job? What if the ENIAC was destroyed? Moms’s Mission: Valentines Day
  13. 13. Who Was St. Valentine? Who Was Captain Cook? The Dresden Firebombing. Who Were the ENIAC Six? What Was the St. Valentines Day Massacre? When FDR met King Ibn Saud. Valentines Day (Time Patrol) Overview What happened in 1779? What happened in 1945? What happened in 1946?
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  15. 15. Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, a former Green Beret, and the feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world (usually not the tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of.