History of computing

Ian Clarke
Ian Clarke

On February 16, 1977 was born Ian Clarke. He is is the original designer and lead developer of Freenet. Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to keep and deliver information, and has a suite of free software for publishing and communicating on the Web without fear of censorship.

Thelma Estrin
Thelma Estrin

On February 21, 1924 was born Thelma Estrin, an american computer scientist and engineer who did pioneering work in the fields of expert systems and biomedical engineering. She was one of the first to apply computer technology to healthcare and medical research. She was professor emerita in the Department of Computer Science, University of California at Los Angeles. She worked on the design and development of WEIZAC, one of the world’s first large-scale programmable electronic computers. The WEIZAC (Weizmann Automatic Computer) was the first computer in Israel, and one of the first large-scale, stored-program, electronic computers in the world.

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