Yesterday was the International Women’s Day, where women all over the world were celebrated. The world over the years has ahd great women doing great things. We decided to compile ten of the greatest inventions of all time that were specifically done by women in Science and technology, a field that had been dominated by men. Their inventions revolutionized technology and brought massive changes and paved way to more advancements.
- Ada Lovelace– She was an English Mathematician and writer. Born in 1815, Ada was daughter to George Lord Byron (a poet) and Anne Isabella Milbanke. As a teenager, she became a good friend to mathematician Charles Babbage who had invented the first computer called the Analytical Engine. She went ahead to recognize that the machine would do more than just calculations, then went ahead to create an algorithm to be used by the machine. She was the first female programmer, died at the age of 36 due to uterine cancer.
2. Dr. Shirley Jackson – She is an American physicist who is famed for numerous inventions. Born in 1946, Shirley is a renown scholar and physicist. She conducted breakthrough basic scientific research that enabled the invention of other technology inventions. She made possible the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. She is currently the president of the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She’s also the highest-paid president of a private college.
3. Maria Beasely. You know lifeboats, or you might have used one. In the year 1882, Maria got tired of hearing stories of people perishing in the seas and oceans when boats and ships capsized. She was born in 1870, which means the invention came from her at the age of 12! Although she had other inventions that amassed her much wealth, the lifeboat invention brought about huge changes and gave people hope in case of a shipwreck.
4. Marie Van Britan– After an escalating rate of robberies in New York, Marie did a very awesome discovery that saw the rate go down. She invented the CCTV cameras in the year 1969.
5. Hedy Lamar– She was a physicist who invented the wireless technology. It’s her technology that enabled the WIFI and GPS services be available for us.