The Information Age

Mary Allen Wilkes – First Home Computer User

Mary Allen Wilkes is known to be the first to use a home computer which she had built herself in 1965. She was able to do this through her work on the LINC (Laboratory Instrument Computer), the first mini-computer development at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

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Source: “Mary Allen Wilkes,” Women in the History of Computing Technology, (accessed September 17, 2011).

Image Source: “Mary Allen Wilkes,” American University in Bulgaria, (accessed December 13, 2011).