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History of Women in Computer Science

Event organizer: Pamela Bobker
Event Date & Time: November 15, 2017 2:00 pm until November 15, 2017 3:30 pm
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Can you name a pioneer in the field of wireless communications who was also known as “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films?” Which early computer programmer was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron?  What did Grace Hopper do to inspire a national celebration in her honor? To find out the answers to these questions and more, come to Curtis Memorial Library on Wednesday November 15 for a special presentation.

Anne Applin, Professor of Computer Technology at Southern Maine Community College, will give a presentation on the “History of Women in Computer Science,” on Wednesday November 15 at 2PM in Curtis Library’s Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick.  This program is inspired by the library’s Fall Science Read: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Shetterly.  The book tells the phenomenal true story of black female mathematicians at NASA. Multiple copies of the book are available and the library is sponsoring programming during November and December to enhance patron’s reading of the book.


The Fall Science Read is part of Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, an exciting new traveling exhibition opening at the Curtis Memorial Library, which shows how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and develop sustainable innovations for the future, and how engineers create new technologies to solve problems. The exhibit features hands-on and multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives about engineers and their vital work.

The Curtis Memorial Library is sponsoring a number of free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit. Contact 207-725-5242 x 503 or visit  for more information. Explore Tech will be on display at the library until December 29, 2017.

Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.