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March 24, 2011MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
An American computing pioneer and Northwest Missouri native ahs died.
Jean Jennings Bartik passed away yesterday morning at a New York Rehabilitation Center after suffering a stroke. Bartik was raised on a farm near Stanberry and after graduating from the teacher's College in Maryville, was recruited by the army to calculate firing trajectories of artillery during the Second World War. It was in 1945, however, she became one of 6 women to program one of the nation's first computers, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer". At age 20 she became the youngest woman on the ground-breaking project. She later helped program the world's first commercial computer. Bartik was inducted into the "Women in Technology International Hall of Fame" was a fellow of the Computer History Museum in California, and is the namesake of the Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum on the campus of Northwest Missouri State in Maryville where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2002. Bartik's funeral arrangements are pending. She was 86.