Pickering's Harem: women who worked as human computers at Harvard's observatory


It’s reassuring to know that the astronomy grad students of a hundred years ago were just as useless as today’s crop.


You’ve reminded me of a related book - My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts. Among other things, the author’s mother was a “computer” in the 1940s, before the job (and title) were permanently replaced by machines.

I’m trying to remember where I was reading about this subject recently- I think it had something to do with the way women’s contributions to science (and the women working in science) are erased- made anonymous and interchangeable.

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