#Techspiration – Mary Lee Berners-Lee

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This month’s Claritas #techspiration comes with a hint of sadness as we honour the late, great Mary Lee Berners-Lee who sadly passed away in late 2017.

We saw it fitting to pay tribute to Mary’s contribution to technology over her fantastic 93 years on the earth. Let’s learn why she is a techspiration to us and many others across the world.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee


What makes her great?

She was instrumental in her work on the Ferranti Mark 1 and the Ferranti Mark 1* computers. The Ferranti Mark 1 was deemed the world's first commercially available general-purpose electronic computer and a tremendous amount of work went into its programming. The computers were written in machine code and used serial 40-bit arithmetic meaning, among many other challenges, creating such programmes were time-consuming and very difficult. Nevertheless it was Mary along with other colleagues who managed to do it, making history.

Why she’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas

She fought for equal pay rights for women while at Ferranti, after learning that female employees were receiving less than men. Her case, which was presented to the personnel department, was successful in its objective and achieved equal pay for both men and women at the time.

Further to her own individual genius, Mary and her husband Conway had four children. One of these just so happened to be Tim Berners-Lee, an English engineer and computer scientist, who would then go on to invent the World Wide Web.

Mary’s influence on the world of technology has been significant, she’s a leading light for #WomenInTech and a role model for young women who are thinking about a career in I.T.

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