On October 18, 1921 was born Beatrice “Trixie” Helen Worsley. She was the first female computer scientist in Canada. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge with Alan Turing and Douglas Hartree as advisers, the first Ph.D granted in what would today be known as computer science. She wrote the first program to run on EDSAC, co-wrote the first compiler for Toronto’s Ferranti Mark 1, wrote numerous papers in computer science, and taught computers and engineering at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto for over 20 years before her untimely death at the age of 50.
On October 19, 2007 died Winifred “Tim” Alice Asprey, an American mathematician and computer scientist. She was one of only around 200 women to earn PhDs in mathematics from American universities during the 1940s, a period of women’s underrepresentation in mathematics at this level. She was involved in developing the close contact between Vassar College and IBM that led to the establishment of the first computer science lab at Vassar.
On October 23, 1964 was born Eddy Cue. He is Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Cue joined Apple in 1989, and was instrumental in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008. In his early years at Apple, he was a manager of software engineering and customer support teams. In 1999, he convinced Apple to work with Akamai Technologies Inc. on new streaming functions for its QuickTime video software.
On October 24, 2011 died born John McCarthy, an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. He coined the term “artificial intelligence” (AI), developed the Lisp programming language family, significantly influenced the design of the ALGOL programming language, popularized timesharing, and was very influential in the early development of AI.