In Memoriam - Jean Jennings Bartik 1924-2011

Carolyn Leighton

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The WITI community is mourning the loss of Software Pioneer and WITI Hall Fame inductee, Jean Jennings Bartik.

Excerpt from the the New York Times...

Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software, died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 86.

The cause was congestive heart disease, her son, Timothy Bartik, said.

Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer.

Read the Full NY Times Story  |  Read About Jean's Contributions in the WITI Hall of Fame