UnCovered review by Matt DiBella, ACLS Director
Proving Ground: The Untold Story Of The Six Women Who Programmed The World’s First Modern Computer is a history of six unknown women who worked on one of the top U.S. military projects after World War II. During the height of World War II, dozens of women “computers” were recruited to calculate ballistic trajectory charts for the war effort. Six of these women were selected to assist with the programming of the first “Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).” Their contribution to the world of modern computing and programming had been lost for decades with only the two men who were the electrical engineers receiving credit for the success of the ENIAC. Author Kathy Kleiman brings the stories of these six brilliant woman to life and describes their lasting impact on the world of modern computing and programming.