Kathleen Booth, Inventor of Assembly Language, 1922-2022

Passed away in September 2022 at age 100. I just found out about this in a recent newsletter from my alma mater. She and her husband Andrew taught there for 10 years, but left a year before I started to attend. No doubt, their prior work there had significant impact on what I learned.


There are more women in computer history than people think. The woman that coined the term “bug” comes to mind. I once met a woman that worked on the Apollo 13 problem of transferring the guidance system from the command module to the LEM, something they had never even simulated before.


In France the 10th of march is Right women day and what comes to my mind is the Marie Curie answer to a journalist :

  • journalist: “What’s it like to be married to a genius?”
  • marie curie: “Ask my husband.”
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Grace Hopper - Wikipedia (see anecdote section)

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That’s her!

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It’s unfortunate that she was unaware of the danger of the work she was doing. Her husband later met an untimely end as well. :frowning:

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