The President of the Girl Scouts recalls how she was inspired to become a NASA astrophysicist.
She did it because the servants broke the china
“I was able to be creative and work as hard as I wanted.”
Struggling alone and told that it was impossible by industry experts, Jan Matzeliger, a poor black immigrant, devised a machine that revolutionized the shoemaking industry in the 1880s and cut shoe prices in half.
One of the first computer programmers, she helped develop the widely used COBOL language and became a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy
In a top-secret program, talented, young female mathematicians calculated the artillery and bomb trajectories that American GIs and airmen used to win World War II.
In 1978 Adleman and two colleagues at MIT invented the world’s most widely used public-key cryptography method for securing communication on the Internet.