Akrevoe Emmanouilides was a young girl of 16 when she began working at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study as a secretary. Her work there was to support the research and development of the so-called “IAS” machine, the prototype of all parallel stored-program computers at the time. Working for such luminaries as John von Neumann, she was an important team member of the Electronic Computer Project (ECP) and typed dozens of technical reports detailing the inner workings of the computer. She provides background on some of the key contributors and describes her experiences as a young woman at the dawn of the computer age.
IAS; Princeton University; ENIAC; von Neumann, John; ECP; Eckert, Presper; Shaw, Bob; Mauchly, John; Einstein, Albert; Godel, Kurt; Oppenheimer, J. Robert