Human Computers

Websites

Read “Girl Computers,” an article from American Heritage that covers the contributions of women programmers in WWII ballistics research and on the ENIAC.

Videos

Check out this five-minute video¬†on “Human Computers” from the Computer History Museum, which¬†provides a short summary of the contributions human computers have made to mathematical and scientific progress. The narrative travels from the early days of mechanical calculation to the last hurrahs of human computers in the 1960s.

Watch David Alan Grier, the editor of the IEEE Annals of Computing, lecture onWhen Computers Were Human.” This hour-long video offers a more in-depth historical overview of the roles that human computers have played in scientific ventures from mapping Halley’s Comet to working on the UNIVAC.