Thursday, February 23, 2012

Early mans of the Computer generation

Just came to know about two people, who were likely to be the early mans to our present Computer generation.

The first one is Grace Hooper, who wrote the first compiler and showed that computers can do many things beside just arithmetic. Below is her photograph with the UNIVAC machine. You can look at what she is holding and tell the language, she wrote compiler for :P

In 1952, she had an operational compiler. She gives a statement later, about the situation at that time

 " Nobody believed that,I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic "

The second one goes as far back as 1840's. At that time, there was not even a computer, there was just a design that Babbage had for building a computer. But a Lady thought of programming it when it get's ready. She was Ada Lovelace and arguably, the first programmer in the whole world. Her notes, contained an algorithm to compute Bernoulli's numbers on Babbage's machine. Below is a portrait of her

Sorry for the title, they were actually early womans

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