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American computer pioneers
Northrup, Mary.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 1998.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Profiles some of the people who have made contributions to the computer industry including Herman Hollerith, Johnny von Neumann, Grace Hopper, John W. Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert, Jr., and An Wang.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.2 3.0 21095.
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QA76.17 .N68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QA76.17 .N68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Twelve Americans who have influenced the development of the computer industry, from the nineteenth century to today, are discussed. They are: Herman Hollerith, John von Neumann, Grace Hopper, John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr., An Wang, Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steven Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, Marc Hannah, and Marc Andreessen.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. In 10 brief chapters, this Collective Biographies entry does more than offer nice insights into the people who revolutionized technology in the twentieth century. The book gives a succinct, chronological overview of computer technology's evolution from the punch card system to the ease of Internet travel thanks to Netscape software. It traces the computer's transformation from a huge, tediously slow machine to today's speedy microchips and software that do everything from conducting a census to creating visual effects for movies. Each biography smoothly blends personal background and professional achievement. Although most of the subjects are stereotypic technical wizards, others, like the colorfully witty "Amazing" Grace Hooper (developer of COBOL) and jaw-droppingly brilliant An Wand (inventor of the word processor), are fascinatingly original characters. The book consistently implies that risk-taking and hard work result in financial success, but using creative energy and contributing to society are even more rewarding. Chapter notes; bibliography. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Beginning with Herman Hollerith's punched-card system and ending with Marc Andreessen and his NetscapeR Navigator, this volume profiles 13 American pioneers in the field of computer technology. Approximately 10 pages in length, the biographical sketches include average-quality black-and-white photographs and highlight the sort of material that interests young people: where the subjects were born, what they did and/or enjoyed as children, family background, and good coverage of the contributions that made them famous. Students will find the text easy to read, nontechnical, and filled with enough information for reports and enough appeal to spark further investigation. These pioneers are portrayed as real people who liked math or science, who came from many different backgrounds, and who persevered when it would have been easier to give up or find something less frustrating to do. Relevant Internet sites are appended.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.