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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 2003

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  • Mary Edwards: computing for a living in 18th-century England

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):9 - 15
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    The production of astronomical tables is an ancient activity, one requiring a great deal of mathematical computation. During the 18th century, production of these tables increased and the British government hired human computers to prepare the tables of the annual Nautical Almanac. From 1765 to 1811, the Nautical Almanac employed 35 computers; only one, Mary Edwards, was a woman, whose story is to... View full abstract»

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  • Lovelace & Babbage and the creation of the 1843 'notes'

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):16 - 26
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    Augusta Ada Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage to create a description of Babbage's unbuilt invention, the analytical engine, a highly advanced mechanical calculator often considered a forerunner of the electronic calculating computers of the 20th century. Ada Lovelace's "notes," describing the analytical engine, published in Taylor's scientific memoirs in 1843, contained a ground-breaking descr... View full abstract»

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  • Computer-based office work: stories of gender, design, and use

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):67 - 72
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    We use autobiographical stories to explore the boundaries between the design and use of computer-based office work systems in the US and Great Britain. Office automation systems were introduced in the 1970s and microcomputers and local networks in the early 1980s. In both periods, gender relations in the workplace were significant in the construction of boundaries between design and use. View full abstract»

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  • A systems analyst's computer watch: 1943-2003

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):27 - 39
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    An abiding interest in computerization and the manner in which it is-or is not-implemented, especially in large organizations, grew out of the author's professional life as a systems analyst and became a lifelong pursuit. In this recollection, she describes what it was like to work as an analyst in the 1940s and 1950s, and she also describes a number of incidents that reflected prevailing attitude... View full abstract»

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  • Half a lifetime in computing: experiences in Zambia, Britain, and Australia

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):64 - 66
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    The author's 35 years in the computing industry is overviewed. Her career began coincidentally with a move to Zambia in the 1960s, where she learned to program an IBM 1130. Following a move to Australia in 1989, she began her own computer consultancy to the geographical information community. View full abstract»

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  • Women and gender in the history of computing

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):4 - 8
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  • Programming at Burroughs and Philco in the 1950s

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):40 - 50
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    In the 1950s, the dilemma for working women - then as now - was how to combine work with raising a family. Despite having fewer options available then, the author managed to smoothly blend family and work responsibilities. In this part of her memoirs as a programmer, the author explains how she did so while working first for Burroughs and later for Philco. View full abstract»

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  • Beatrice Helen Worsley: Canada's female computer pioneer

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):51 - 62
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    Worsley was a pioneering computer scientist and the first female in Canada to make significant contributions to the field of computing. Her experiences and accomplishments were remarkable. When Beatrice Worsley died in 1972, Canada lost a computer pioneer and a witness to several great moments in computing history. This biography aims to provide insight into Worsley's obscure, but remarkable and a... View full abstract»

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  • How did you first get into computing?

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):78 - 82
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    The route to a computing career is often circuitous. As part of the ongoing research on the history of women in computing, we conducted oral history interviews with pioneers in the field, during which we asked about their first encounters with computers. Although individual experiences varied, a common thread in these stories is that women's opportunities were constrained by gender stereotypes, ou... View full abstract»

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  • A 1965 era spreadsheet

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):82 - 88
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  • Obituary: I. Bernard Cohen [Biographies]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):89 - 92
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  • Origins of Cyberspace: A Library History of Computing, Networking, And Telecommunications [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 93
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  • IEE History of Technology Series no. 26 [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):93 - 94
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  • To the Digital Age: Research Labs, Start-up Companies and the Rise of MOS Technology [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):94 - 96
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  • An Archeologist's Year in Silicon Valley [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 96
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  • Computing in the Middle Ages: A View from the Trenches 1955-1983 [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s): 96
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):97 - 98
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  • Subject index

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):99 - 103
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  • The computer: from John von Neumann to Irma S. Rombauer

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):104 - 103
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The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu