Wireless transmission technology
Hedy Lamarr was a famous movie star, but during World War II, she was in the spotlight after inventing the frequency-hopping communication system in 1941 that could guide torpedoes while remaining undetected. This breakthrough creation of Lamarr led to more modern inventions, including Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi. Recognition for her work came later in life when Lamarr was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award in 1997. At that time, her son said that she had already lost her youth, beauty, and youth when he received the award on her behalf. Lamarr was also inducted in 2014 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Grace Murray Hopper was a computer scientist who assisted in designing Harvard’s Mark I Computer. She also developed a compiler that could translate written language into computer code. She was also a member of the team that created COBOL, among the first languages in modern
Hydyne rocket fuel
The success of Explorer I, the first satellite that the United States launched into orbit, was made possible thanks to Hyde. Mary Sherman Morgan created this improved rocket fuel in 1957 while working as the technical lead at the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation.
If you consider GIFs as a form of communication, Lisa Gelobter deserves a round of applause. Gelobter is the computer scientist responsible for developing the animation for making GIFs and other groundbreaking video technology such as Joost, Brightcove, Shockwave, and Hulu. A graduate of Brown University, Gelobter is currently the US Department of Education’s chief digital service officer. So the next time you want to use a GIF, make sure to thank her in your way.
Evelyn Berezin invented the first-word processor in the world in addition to developing the first-ever computerized booking system for airlines. Realizing that her gender would prevent her from moving up the ladder, she also established Redactron, her own company, to ensure that her inventions would get out on the market.
Stem cell isolation
A vital breakthrough in cancer research, Dr. Ann Tsukamoto’s co-patented process of isolating human stem cells found in bone marrow has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
Ada Lovelace added her own notes when translating the lectures of her mathematics professor. Later, she was credited with penning the world’s first computer algorithm.