Grade 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 Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Contents: Herman Hollerith - John von Neumann - Grace Hopper - John W. Mauchly - J. Presper Eckert, Jr. - An Wang - Jack Kilby - Robert Noyce - Bill Gates - Steven Jobs - Stephen Wozniak - Marc Hannah - Marc Andreessen.
Whatever else you may think of him, Bill Gates has developed star power comparable to that normally reserved for athletes or rock stars. It is refreshing to see individuals like Gates and Steve Jobs being treated as heroes to be emulated rather than as geeks to be ridiculed. However, there is still so much that can be done in the computing field, that no one, not even the experts, really has a clue what directions computers will take us. With so much untapped potential, it is necessary … more