Free Knowledge Culture Calendar/September 25

Mary Allen Wilkes - LINC at Home - 1965.jpg

Today is the birthday of Mary Allen Wilkes. After working on other early computers like the IBM 709 and TX-2, she developed the operating system for the first minicomputer, the LINC Assembly Program 6, one of the first interactive PC operating systems, and designed the LINC console. She was the first home computer user. Later, she pursued her old dream of becoming a lawyer, which her mentors had previously dissuaded her from because she was a woman.

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