#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Edith Clarke

Courtesy: National Inventors Hall of Fame

Have you ever been called a human calculator? You wouldn’t be the only one. Edith Clarke started as a human calculator but would become the first professionally employed female electrical engineer and the first full-time female professor of electrical engineering in the country.

Clarke took a summer job as a mathematical computing assistant at AT&T. One of the first tasks she was assigned was calculating the first seven terms of an infinite series that represented a probability function.

She decided to get her master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, becoming the first female to receive that degree at MIT.

Edith used her talents with math to continue going on in the world and it even got her one of her many jobs. Keep pushing forward and using your talents no matter what. #WomenInSTEM #WomenInSTEMWednesday

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