A computer pioneer who was born in Creeslough is in the running for a competition to find Ireland‘s greatest female inventor.
Born Kathleen Rita McNulty, the world of science and engineering now know the mathematician and pioneering computer programmer as “Kay” McNulty Mauchly Antonelli.
Born in Creeslough in 1921, her parents emigrated to the United States in 1924 where her father James set up a stone mason business in Pennsylvania. After attending parochial grade school and a Catholic Girls High School in Philadelphia, she graduated with a degree in mathematics from Chestnut Hill College for Women in June 1942.
This paved the way for her to join a pioneering programme, being just one of six programmers of the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC), the first electronic general-purpose computer.
Through out her life she maintained her association with the ENIAC work and married the computer co-founder John Mauchly who died in 1980. She remarried in 1985.
She was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 1997 along with the other original ENIAC programmers.
She died in 2006 in the US aged 85.
Now a national competition is underway among ten Irish women who have made a pioneering mark in science, engineering, maths and technology make up the list of finalists in the Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor competition.
The competition deadline is today (Thursday) at 5pm on www.siliconrepublic.com
The winner voter can win a trip to NASA