Historical Figures

In this section, you can find a host of historical figures who may be interesting to you. Do you want your students to understand more about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics)? Well, here's a list of people worth considering as you teach/coach them to research figures who have impacted our world and the way it functions. The discoveries that were pioneered below will lead to more discoveries in the future. Their early steps make our new steps possible.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee

It has been widely established that Sir Tim Berners-Lee established foundational understanding of what we know today as the World Wide Webb. You can read more about his accomplishments and what he is doing today HERE. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation.

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk owns several companies and is estimated to be worth over $17 Billion. His entrepreneurial adventures include SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal. His innovations continue to push the imagination.

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Steve Jobs

The biographical sketch of Steve Jobs states that he was adopted. Not only that, but his parents did not attend college. Steve was the co-founder of Apple and produced the first PC back in the 1980's. Today Apple is known for products such as iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Mac computer.

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Steve Wozniack

Steve Wozniack is known as the co-founder of Apple. He and Steve Jobs built a strong bond in the 1970's and co-collaborated on developing a working PC. Their discoveries later lead to the development of the Apple corporation.

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Jeff Bezos

Prior to the development of online shopping, people probably thought that such an idea was unnecessary. They were familiar with the stores they had around them. They were quite capable of shopping at each of their local stores. It was unheard of to shop online. Jeff Bezos essentially revolutionized the way humanity thinks about shopping. It is now the norm to shop online. Amazon ships to your house the same day, the next day, a few days later, bur surely less than 10 days (for the most part). Jeff is credited with revolutionizing the online shopping industry by starting Amazon.

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Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi grew up in complicated/difficult/tragic circumstances, but that didn't stop him. He noticed the gap between computer science education and the market demands. He recognized that it would continue to increase over time. Instead of being a bystander, he did something about it. He designed a company that seeks to get Computer Science into the hands of all children. It may just be an introduction, but it seeks to change the trends that are present today.

You can find out more about Hadi Partovi HERE. He is the founder of Code.org (LINK HERE).

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is best known as the founder and CEO of the Microsoft Corporation. The Windows operating system is a piece of that success. The Microsoft Suite is yet another. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives large sums of money way annually.

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Tony Hsieh

Tony designed a company that was eventually bought out by Microsoft for $265 million. This company allowed users to establish banner adds (advertisement/marketing company). After LinkExchange was sold to Microsoft, Tony bought into the shoe company Zappos. Zappos was later acquired for $1.2 billion by Amazon.

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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is recorded to be the first woman to design a computer program. In about the 1840's (no, that's not a typo), she recorded an algorithm associated with a "Analytical Engine." The inability to see this work out well is that the engine had not been built yet.

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Grace Murray Hopper

Direct quote from Wikipedia: "One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. "

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Christine Darden

Direct quote from Wikipedia: "Her team tested new wing and nose designs for supersonic aircraft. She also designed a computer program to simulate sonic booms. " Christine worked for NASA. She is credited for her work in computer programming.

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Elizabeth J. Feinler

Direct quote from Wikipedia: "Feinler was leading the Literature Research section of SRI's library when, in 1972, Doug Engelbart recruited her to join his Augmentation Research Center (ARC), which was sponsored by the Information Processing Techniques Office of the US Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Her first task was to write a Resource Handbook for the first demonstration of the ARPANET at the International Computer Communication Conference. By 1974 she was the principal investigator to help plan and run the new Network Information Center (NIC) for the ARPANET...ARPANET [later evolved into] the Defense Data Network (DDN) and the Internet."

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