In honor of International Women’s Day, your Friday Frivolity hosts have a “women” theme this week. There were so many ways to interpret that, and I can’t wait to see what the other’s have come up with. I decided to go with female inventors that have made my daily life better. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without some of them, especially Mrs. Bentz.
Ada Lovelace theorized computer code for Charles Babbage’s “Analytic Engine”. Translation, in 1843 she came up with the idea for computer codes for the first computer in 1843.
Without her foresight, I might not have this nifty computer to jot down my ideas for you all.
Josephine Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher in 1893 and eventually founded a company to manufacture them that is now known as KitchenAid.
Some in my family like to hand wash their dishes. I am definitely not one of them.
Katharine Blodgett invented non-reflective glass, sometimes called invisible glass. It is used in numerous practical products such as camera lenses telescopes, car windows and glasses.
The anti reflective coating on my glasses, the clear glass in my picture frames and camera lenses… I literally “see” the result of discoveries daily.
Admiral Grace Hopper invented the Computer Language compiler (translates English commands into computer code) and led the team tha developed the first computer language COBOL. She also coined the term “computer bug” and “debugging” when she literally cleaned bugs (moths) out of a room size computer.
Continuing the work Ada Lovelace started more than a century before, Hopper made computers easier to use with the compiler, and creating a computer language that reached across manufacturers sped up the accessability of computers.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson conducted the basic scientific research that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and most importantly, caller ID.
Live without caller ID? No. just no. I can’t even…
In 1908, Melitta Bentz poked some holes in a brass cup, lined it with a sheet of blotting paper and put in… wait for it… coffee grounds! Yes “Melitta” invented the coffee filter forever changing how we make coffee. And the company she and her husband founded is still in existence today.
I use her invention daily, and I believe the ones in my cupboard now are from her company. I am not a big fan of boiled coffee with bits of grounds in the bottom.
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