JEAN JENNINGS BARTIK
by Kim D. Todd
Kim Todd’s biography of Jean Bartik is written for students. The book describes Jean Bartik’s dream of adventures beyond her family’s farm, her willingness to travel from her home in Missouri half way across the United States to Philadelphia to help the World War II effort, and her important role as one of the world’s first computer programmers.
This book is a tribute to a great pioneer written for students ages 8-13, grades 4-6.
JEAN JENNINGS BARTIK AND THE COMPUTER THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
By Jean Jennings Bartik
Jean Jennings Bartik devoted her finals years to writing her memoir about the ENIAC project and her experiences as an ENIAC Programmer. This book is her wonderful account of her childhood up a family farm in Missouri, education at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and drive to find a professional job in mathematics at a time when few avenues were available to women. It includes her candid views of the innovative work of ENIAC and obstacles during WWII and afterwards for women in the technology field.
This is the only autobiography of any of the six original ENIAC programmers, and Jean candidly tells her story, exposes myths about the computer’s origin and seeks to properly credit those behind the computing innovations that shape our daily lives.
Finalist: 2015 USA Best Book Awards, Autobiography/Memoir
REFRIGERATOR LADIES: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE ENIAC PROGRAMMERS
By Kathy Kleiman
In this biography, ENIAC Programmers Project founder Kathy Kleiman will share the stories imparted to her by ENIAC Programmers Kay McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Betty Snyder Holberton, Jean Jennings Bartik and Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer. She will explore how the women exceled in school, attended college during the Depression and answered the Army’s call for help calculating artillery problems. The story will delve into how this team of six brilliant young women became ENIAC’s first programmers and mastered the power the huge machine – without programming languages, compilers or manuals (for none existed) – and how, in those difficult times, they forged friendship that would last a lifetime!
The book also explores the post-WWII work of Holberton, Bartik and Antonelli – all deeply determined to make programming easier and more accessible for all. Their creation of the first sort routine, software application and instruction codes will be told in their own words. Overlooked for decades, Refrigerator Ladies will tell the story of six great pioneers whose inventions and technologies we cannot live without.