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Top Ten Geek Girls 560

TurboPatrol writes "CNET have published a list of the Top Ten Girl Geeks throughout history. The winners include the elegant Ada Byron (the world's first computer programmer), Grace Hopper (invented the compiler) and Lisa Simpson (invented the perpetual motion machine — well, in the world of cartoons). Some of the entries are fascinating, for example Marie Curie apparently used to carry plutonium in her jacket pockets. Have they missed anyone out?" At least two entries on the list are stupid. I guess someone thought they were funny.
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  • Leah? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by fernandoh26 ( 963204 )
    What about Leah Culver?

    http://leahculver.com/ [leahculver.com]

    • by fernandoh26 ( 963204 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:06AM (#16948888) Homepage
      Forgot to add, here's a link to her Flickr acct:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/leahculver/ [flickr.com]

      I'm not a stalker or nothin, just wanted to post that before I go back to hiding in the bushes with my binoculars.....
    • Re:Leah? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by somegeekynick ( 1011759 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:19AM (#16949174)
      I'd include Sophie Germaine [wikipedia.org][wikipedia.org] Germain was particularly interested in Joseph-Louis Lagrange's teachings and submitted papers and assignments under the pseudonym "Monsieur Le Blanc", a former student of Lagrange's. Lagrange was so impressed by the paper that he asked to meet Le Blanc, and Germain was forced to reveal her identity to him. Lagrange apparently considered her a talented mathematician and became her mentor. On a lighter note, how about Britney spears [britneyspears.ac][britneyspears.ac]? ;) P.S. I don't post much at /.. Could someone tell me how to post a comment without replying to an earlier comment?(i.e. Reply to This).
    • No Emmy Noether? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by mosel-saar-ruwer ( 732341 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:52AM (#16949810)

      Marie Curie but no Emmy Noether [wikipedia.org]?


      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Tired_Blood ( 582679 )
        First, any Top 10 list will exclude many significant choices. In this case, the list is terribly flawed for including the two 2D individuals (Lisa Simpson and the other one).

        Second, Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize.

        Third, she was awarded it twice. Only three other people were so honored, four if you count Warburg [wikipedia.org] (all of them: male).

        Fourth, she was the first female Nobel Prize laureate. To have been given such a distinction and be accepted by the academic community in those days, she had to be many
    • The list is an insult to women, and in particular geek women.

      Having filler like Lisa Simpson is bad enough, but Paris Hilton?

      If the list were of the top 10 men, would it include Dilbert and some-random-male-gameplaying-celebrity?

      Honestly, there are lots of girl geeks (a lot have been mentioned in other posts, I'd like to add Jeri Ellsworth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeri_Ellsworth)) that would far better fit the list.

      The only thing this list proves, it the author's inaptitude as a journalist.
      • by MS-06FZ ( 832329 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:12AM (#16950230) Homepage Journal
        Well, Paris Hilton was an early adopter of the rapidly growing field of celebrity online cocksucking - though I have to say the article's omission of Pamela Anderson (a pioneer in the field) is pretty disappointing.

        And also interesting is the fact that there's no mention of how much cock any of the others sucked. Quite shoddy standards, if you ask me.
      • by jd ( 1658 ) <imipak.yahoo@com> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @12:12PM (#16951294) Homepage Journal
        There have been famous geek girls since the times of Ancient Greece. I forget the name of the woman who graduated from Oxford with a starred degree, got her masters and completed her PhD in mathematics, all by the age of 17, going on to lecture at I think Harvard at 18. That's a fistfull of world records right there. Florence Nightingale was mentioned by another poster, but don't forget Mrs. Mary Seacole, a contemporary of Florence Nightingale who invented a number of surgical techniques in use today. Although I detest her, Margret Thatcher (who has an earned doctorate in chemistry) is certainly famous and has characteristics you could consider geeky. The there's Heather Mills - TV celebrity and world-renown astronomer.

        There's an entire chart of about 100 famous women scientists in history up on the web, which is only a tiny fraction of the total number of real geek women. I'd say that there are probably in the order of a thousand plus who are TRULY famous and TRULY geeky (although there are many many more than that who are "merely" really good geeks).

        I'd say that it might be much more interesting to compile a comprehensive list and then allow for ranked voting to find the most famous (now) of the truly amazing geek women who live (or have lived) truly amazing lives that go as far beyond what most would call hardcore geek as the hardcore geeks go beyond the mundane in "real life".

      • by rs79 ( 71822 ) <hostmaster@open-rsc.org> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @12:20PM (#16951420) Homepage
        >Paris Hilton?

        Uh, yeah, ABOUT that.

        >The only thing this list proves, it the author's inaptitude as a journalist.

        You spelled "asshole" wrong.

        Maybe Paris Hilton is on that list to give Mary Shelly new ideas?
      • by Jugalator ( 259273 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @12:48PM (#16952048) Journal
        Totally agreed.

        I'll say -- fuck that list and just read something like this [wikipedia.org].
      • I agree that this list is insulting. It sure makes me feel like all of those years I spent in graduate school working on my Ph.D. in physics were a total waste. I've been involved in a lot of public outreach projects aimed at improving the visibility of women scientists, but apparently these public outreach programs have not had any effect on the perceptions of the general public.

        The person who came up with the CNET list certainly didn't try very hard at all. If they really were interested in creating

      • by twotommylong ( 794494 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @01:59PM (#16953616)
        True.... even before I read the article I came up with 3 names I knew would not be on it

        1) Ellen Hancock, First with IBM (hired as a programmer in the mid 60s, then led the network team [SNA, Token Ring under her watch] first woman Senior VP at IBM), then with Apple (as CTO, she killed Copland... and pushed for the NeXT buy out... in some respects, she may have saved Apple... and then fired by Steve)

        2) Kim Polese: Product Manager of original java team, co-founder of Marimba, poster girl of the DotCom(bomb) era.

        3) Kari Byron (MythBusters) would be better mass media geekdom icon than Paris or Lisa, at least she sometimes shoots things, ignites stuff, dabbles in ballistic trajectories, welds stuff, and dresses GyrlGeek;-).

        YMMV, but those would be my Candidate Substitutions.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      If they insist on fictional characters, how could they possibly leave out Dana "The Thinking Man's Crumpet" Scully?
  • by Gothmolly ( 148874 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:03AM (#16948834)
    I'm glad to RTFA and see people like Eugenia or Steph the Geek not on the list, HOWEVER, wtf is Paris Hilton, LISA FSCKING SIMPSON, or Aleks Krotoski on the list? Did they run out at 6 or 7 geeks, and needed filler? Paris Hilton is described as "She might look trendy on the outside, but inside this girl is all binary." WTF?
    • by pigeon ( 909 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:05AM (#16948878) Homepage
      Well, inside she's mostly zero's..
    • by jimstapleton ( 999106 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:12AM (#16949010) Journal
      I second this. One of the members of a local open source club wanted to encourage the fairer sex to join. I was gonna send this as an idea for encouragement, then I got to Paris Hilton.

      Yeah, that just insulted girl geeks everyone,
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by griffeymac ( 625596 )
      I agree. Owning a PSP does not a geek make. Now if Paris had a PSP and then installed Linux on it, maybe I'd reconsider....
      • by gad_zuki! ( 70830 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:04AM (#16950066)
        Being a gamer does not a geek make, except to the media. Playing Madden all day with your frat brothers suddenly makes you a world-class hacker. Its bad enough from dead-tree publications with 100+ years of history but from Cnet? Worse, they can't even get this list right. Almost half of it is fluff. I really do hope they just retract this shoddy piece of entertainment 'journalism.'

        On the flip side I don't see anything wrong with the occasional silly entry. Say if this list was a solid 9 geeky women and one Lisa Simpson that's cute. If its 5 solid women and 5 fluff women, then its silly bordering on insulting.
    • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:22AM (#16949240)
      Paris Hilton is described as "She might look trendy on the outside, but inside this girl is all binary." WTF?

      It must be very empowering to women to know that it's apparently impossible to compile a list of even ten prominent geek women without padding it with fictional characters and vacuous celebrities.


      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by justkarl ( 775856 ) *
        It must be very empowering to women(as it is to men) to be labeled "geek" when someone is intelligent. "Geek", to me, is a fairly slanderous term, and I think you can be intelligent - even an IT guy - without being a geek.
        • by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdot.keirstead@org> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:46AM (#16950812) Homepage
          If you think "geek" is a slanderous term, then you have either come here via a time-warp from 1970, are not a geek yourself, have never been to this site before, or various combinations of all three.

          Geek is very chic nowadays, lots of people who are not geeks *wish they were*. Geek is in.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by VdG ( 633317 )
            Geek is very chic nowadays, lots of people who are not geeks *wish they were*. Geek is in.

            I disagree. It's chic to say geek is chic, but it's not actually cool to be a geek. Never has been, never will be.

            Some geeks may manage to be cool, but that's in spite of their geekiness, not because of it.
      • I'm not overly religious, but I'd bet that putting Paris Hilton and Ada Byron in the same top-ten list guarantees the author one of the top-ten spots in hell.

        Obviously this article needs help. Let's nominate some replacements.

    • by clacke ( 214199 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:27AM (#16949330)
      Yes. Where the hell is Anousheh?

      Ok, you go to space, you blog about it, the blog gets slashdotted. And you don't even beat Paris Hilton in geekiness? Nothing to see here, move along.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by kfg ( 145172 )
      For that matter, Mary Shelly wasn't a geek girl, she was a "creative type" who be a Mac owner today. Frankenstein is her magnum opus, reductio ad absurdum attack on geeks.

      She was only eighteen and a "popular girl" when she started writing the book. i.e., she's that bitch in the hall who pointed at your nerdiness, giggled and made rude comments about your "high waters" and Teva sandels with socks.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Infonaut ( 96956 )

        Frankenstein is her magnum opus, reductio ad absurdum attack on geeks.

        I read it as an attack on the potential for immorality inherent in science, rather than an assault on those who enjoy science, make use of science, or are scientists themselves.

        She was only eighteen and a "popular girl" when she started writing the book. i.e., she's that bitch in the hall who pointed at your nerdiness, giggled and made rude comments...

        I'm not sure if you're being facetious here or not, but it sounds like you kno

    • by clacke ( 214199 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:31AM (#16949408)
      Even Hillary Clinton is more geeky than Paris Hilton, just for being married to a guy who used to work with the guy who invented the Internet, and then moved on to make a world-renowned powerpoint presentation about the weather.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Yeah. I was wondering about that too. I can see the amusement in putting Lisa Simpson in there but it also sorta points out that the entire list is pretty bogus. I'd suggest reviewing a list put out by Discover Magazine about a year ago. It honored contributions by women to science.

      http://www.discover.com/issues/nov-02/features/fea t50/?page=1 [discover.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ajs ( 35943 )
      Paris Hilton is a geek in the classic sense. She might as well be biting the heads off of small animals.

      Lisa Simpson is clearly a girl-geek role model, even if she's a cartoon.

      Aleks Krotoski spends a lot of time advocating 'girl-video gaming' according to her Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org], though I've never heard of her.

      I have yet to RTFA, but I'm wondering how they drew the line. For example, many geek guys are fans of Ripley from the Alien movies, but SHE is more of a strong female character than a geek per se. Same
  • Lisa Simpson? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:04AM (#16948840)
    Isn't it a little bit sad when one of the Top 10 geek "girls" throughout history has to be a cartoon character. Are there really that few women geeks to choose from?
    • Re:Lisa Simpson? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by qwijibo ( 101731 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:10AM (#16948982)
      I doubt this article will end up in any history textbooks. However, I think Lisa Simpson is a much better candidate in every way than Paris Hilton. As a cartoon, she has all the fakeness of Paris Hilton, but the benefit of script writers to give her a personality. =)
    • by Ingolfke ( 515826 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:11AM (#16948998) Journal
      What's sad is that we haven't learned from history and realized that women have smaller brains then monkeys and cannot be practically educated. Khazakistani scientists have proven it time and time again. :)
  • Plutonium? Unlikely (Score:5, Informative)

    by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:04AM (#16948852) Journal
    Plutonium was created in the 1940's. Marie Curie died in the 1930's.

    What is interesting, in a disturbiung way, is that Marie Curies workbooks that she used while discovering radium are still considered dangerously radioactive.
    • What is interesting, in a disturbiung way, is that Marie Curies workbooks that she used while discovering radium are still considered dangerously radioactive.

      Curiously, given this story, there is a similar story floating around about Paris Hilton, albeit not involving science workbooks.

    • by IWannaBeAnAC ( 653701 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:12AM (#16949022)

      I havn't visited her old rooms (in the basement of the Sorbonne) myself, but I've met a few people who have. If you turn off all the lights, you can see the walls, glowing in the dark.

      They had a big scare a few years ago, when they were auctioning off some old furniture. Turned out some of it dangerously radioactive.

    • by Ingolfke ( 515826 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:13AM (#16949042) Journal
      Plutonium was created in the 1940's. Marie Curie died in the 1930's.

      Holy shit... are you saying Marie Curie could travel back in time!? WTF? OMG?!
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by slowbad ( 714725 )
      Is that plutonium in your pocket, Marie, or are you just happy to see me?
    • by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:33AM (#16949442) Homepage Journal
      It was probably Polonium and not Plutonium. However since she did work with pitchblend there where possibly trace amounts of plutonium in some of her samples but none that really amounted to anything. As far as the Geek girl list goes yea Paris Hilton should be booted. Isn't her 15 minutes of fame over yet? They missed one of my all time favorites Hedy Lamarr. She invented spread spectrum radio. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr [wikipedia.org]

  • by $RANDOMLUSER ( 804576 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:05AM (#16948866)
    I'd have gone for Willow Rosenberg [wikipedia.org] instead.
  • where the hell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wud ( 709053 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:07AM (#16948890) Homepage Journal
    is morgan webb?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:07AM (#16948918)
    A woman invented COBOL? This does not surprise me. *ducks*
    • Re:Grace Hopper (Score:5, Informative)

      by theAtomicFireball ( 532233 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:35AM (#16949472)
      A woman invented COBOL? This does not surprise me. *ducks*
      Actually, no, the article is wrong. Grace Hopper did many incredible things, but she didn't actually invent COBOL. She did, however, come up with the idea that computer programming languages could be designed that were more like English and, thus, be easier to use. I would say that is a much greater accomplishment. She also created a language called FLOW-MATIC that was a precursor to COBOL, and which strongly influenced the CODASYSL committe who created COBOL. So, COBOL was created by a committee (of men), but many of the basic concepts and ideas that are fundamental to most of the technology you use today was, in fact, invented by a pretty damn amazing woman.
  • Hey! Maybe Paris can come over to my house and we can play games together.

    I've got a great joystick.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Ingolfke ( 515826 )
      What you failed to mention is that your joystick hasn't been used by anyone other than you since 1983.

      Come one... this /. you were asking for it :)
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by m0RpHeus ( 122706 )
      Hey! Maybe Paris can come over to my house and we can play games together. I've got a great joystick.

      I believe what you meant was that she come over to your house to play with you Wii.
  • What about... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Uh, hello? Fiorella Terenzi?

    http://www.fiorella.com/fiorprofile.htm [fiorella.com]

  • Cynthia Breazeal! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PHAEDRU5 ( 213667 ) <instascreed&gmail,com> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:08AM (#16948932) Homepage
    It's a shame they missed her: http://web.media.mit.edu/~cynthiab/ [mit.edu]
  • Huh? (Score:2, Redundant)

    Are there really so few geek girls out there that they can't even make a TOP 10 list, and need to pad it out with Lisa Simpson and Paris "throw up in my face" Hilton ? How insulting can you get - if they really couldn't think of more than 8 real, live, girls, then even Trinity would have been a better choice.
  • ...about the selections. I assume Paris Hilton is on the list just to be controversial and create a buzz. Daryl Hannah? Huh?

    And to be kind, the "facts" about Grace Hopper can be disputed. Contrary to the layman's belief, she didn't invent COBOL. There is a dispute about whether she invented the compiler (there are many people who give credit to John Backus at IBM), and certainly she didn't discover the first "bug" nor did she popularize the term. Now Grace Hopper was brilliant, but I always got the fee
  • Yuck. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rob T Firefly ( 844560 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:08AM (#16948938) Homepage Journal
    Ah, CNet. Just when one thought you couldn't get any less useful, you squander a potentially really neat article idea on tired Simpsons and Paris Hilton jokes. I hate to say this to anyone.. but you are really not funny.

    A girl geek friend of mine works for CNet. I wonder how well her and her fellows are taking this.
  • by maynard ( 3337 ) <j.maynard.gelina ... Rl.com minus cat> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:08AM (#16948940) Journal
    Did I just see Madame Curie and Rosalind Franklin compared with Paris Hilton and Lisa Simpson? One two time Nobel Prize winner and another near Nobel Prize winner compared to a coke snorting self promoting gamer and a cartoon character.

    I give up.
  • by Ingolfke ( 515826 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:09AM (#16948958) Journal
    Paris Hilton is the loveable hateable icon of absurdity. She should be on every list. Sexiest woman (#47 Paris Hilton), best actress in a foreign film (#23 Paris Hilton), world's strongest man (#97 Paris Hilton), most downloaded interent video star (#3 Paris Hilton), most likely running mate for Barak Obama (#2 Paris Hilton), and people who remind you of the Olsen Twins (#1 Paris Hilton).

    We laugh today... but I wouldn't be surprised if Paris isn't the first female US president... and most likely will be the first president to put electrolytes in the water supply.
  • how about Radia Perlman?
  • Hedy Lamar (Score:4, Informative)

    by Hazrek ( 900706 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:13AM (#16949036)
    Seriously, Paris Hilton and Lisa Simpson, but they snubbed Hedy Lamar [wikipedia.org]? I mean seriously, how can you top a gorgeous movie star geek?

    Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 - January 19, 2000) was an Austrian/American actress and communications technology innovator. Though known primarily for her great beauty, she also co-invented the first form of spread spectrum, a key to modern wireless communication.

    Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received U.S. patent #2,292,387 for their Secret Communication System. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam. The patent was little-known until recently because Lamarr applied for it under her then-married name of Hedy Kiesler Markey. Neither Lamarr nor Antheil made any money from the patent. It had expired by the time the U.S. military barely began using this system after 1962. It took electronics technology a long time to catch up with the concept.

    Lamarr's frequency-hopping idea served as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones to WiFi Internet connections. In 1997, the two of them received an EFF Pioneer Award for the invention.

    Now that's hot, Paris.

  • What a dumb number 1. Both figuratively and actually.

    Can we replace Paris Hilton with Jerri Ellsworth [wikipedia.org], please?

  • YEAH YEAH YEAH BABAY [wikimedia.org]!!!!!
  • Umm... What About... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Spud Zeppelin ( 13403 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:22AM (#16949224)
    Eve Andersson?

    Mena Trott?

    Barbara Broccoli?

    J.K. Rowling?

    Zoe Lofgren?

    This seems like so much of the usual CNet feature-story drivel....

  • Jeri Ellsworth (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ex-geek ( 847495 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:22AM (#16949246)
    She is the self-taught chip designer who created the C-64 in a joystick thingie.

    Jeri Ellsworth Lectures about the C64 & C-One at Stanford Uni. [google.com]
  • by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:25AM (#16949306) Homepage Journal
    Hey, the girl might be fun for 15 minutes at a time about once a month as long as you have your weiner wrapped in five condoms held on with duct tape, but a geek or a friend to geeks? No way.
  • by chibbie ( 859702 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:26AM (#16949316)
    Kari Byron [google.com] from MythBusters.
  • by WidescreenFreak ( 830043 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:27AM (#16949324) Homepage Journal
    I want to know what the hell the author was smoking when this was written, beause that's some really potent stuff!

    Why the f**k is Darryl Hannah on this list? She not a f**king geek! She's a left-wing, activist actress! Oh, wow, she made two board games. So what? That does not qualify her to bear the category of "geek" in any way, shape, or form.

    Lisa Simpson? Paris Hilton? Others have discussed the stupidity of these entries, so I'm not going to bother reiterating them.

    Why the hell are two of the most prominent girl geeks around not on this list -- Aluria Petrucci (aka Cali Lewis) and Amber McArthur [tv.com]? Cali Lewis is one of the most famous tech geeks out there with her GeekBrief.TV video podcast that gets tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of downloads every day. Even if she's just a nice-on-the-eyes presenter, she still has far more qualifications than Hanna, Simpson, or Hilton. And Amber McArthur is just about every geek's wet dream - intelligent (holds several college degrees), co-host and producer of several tech podcasts and TVs shows, host of commandN video podcast, clearly has a love for tech, and is incredibly easy on the eyes.

    I certainly can agree with Marie Curie, Ada Byron, and the others. I'll even give the nod to Mary Shelley. But some of the entires in this list completely destroy the credibility of whoever the person is who made this list.
  • No Emmy Noether? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by vorpal22 ( 114901 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:34AM (#16949450) Homepage Journal
    I can't believe that they omitted Emmy Noether [wikipedia.org], one of my role models and possibly, IMO, the greatest geek girl of all time.

    Despite the incredible sexism and rise of the nazi rule that she faced during her day, she was brilliantly accomplished, contributing huge amounts to the fields of commutative algebra and theoretical physics.
  • by porkchop_d_clown ( 39923 ) <mwheinzNO@SPAMme.com> on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:35AM (#16949458) Homepage
    1. Babbage never built his difference engine, so how could Lovelace write programs for it? I would suggest that who ever wrote the first patterns for the Jacquard Loom" [wikipedia.org] deserves more credit than she.

    2. While Grace Hopper (who I met twice) was been frequently accused of fluffing her own legend, and enjoyed telling the story of the "first computer bug", she never claimed to have found the moth that got caught in the Mark II - the machine operators did, and taped it to the operations log.

    3. I'm sorry but Curie could not have possibly carried plutonium in her pockets, since she died in 1934 and plutonium wasn't discovered until 1941.

    4. Darryl Hannah?!? Paris Hilton?!? What about Sally Ride? Judith Resnick or any of the other female astronauts?
  • What About... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:35AM (#16949464) Homepage Journal
    ...Hedy Lamar [wikipedia.org]? She looks infintely hotter than the real geek girls on that paltry list and she was responsible for co-inventing Frequency-hopped spread spectrum technology used in WiFi today...
  • Adele Goldberg (Score:3, Interesting)

    by trb ( 8509 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:36AM (#16949500)
    Adele Goldberg [wikipedia.org] delveloped Smalltalk at Xerox PARC. Seminal GUI and OO programming system. Probably fits in there somewhere between Daryl Hannah and Paris Hilton.
  • by THESuperShawn ( 764971 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:52AM (#16949824)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radia_Perlman [wikipedia.org]

    Spanning Tree algorithm...she even wrote a poem about it- and she is not a top ten geek girl? And Paris Hilton is? You sure this list isn't the top ten Greek (screwing) girls?

    I think this list is meant more for entertainment than fact- even if it is just someone's opinion.
  • by spyrochaete ( 707033 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @10:54AM (#16949878) Homepage Journal
    Roberta Williams belongs on this list. Married to the brash and brilliant programmer and founder of Sierra On-Line, Ken Williams, the mousey Roberta wrote fantastical good-natured interactive tales in the form of text adventures. In the company's infancy she also "manned" the only customer support phone, and took great delight in hearing direct praise and personally coaching players through her games without giving direct hints. She later went on to author the Kings Quest series which won countless critical and commercial accolades.

    Her games challenged the technologies of the day, with Kings Quest V being the company's first entirely mouse-driven adventure title, and Phantasmagoria being the first adventure game exclusively portraying filmed actors and locations. Despite her mild manner and reserved tongue, Phantasmagoria broke ground as one of the first wide-release PC games unabashedly targeted at mature audiences with scenes of graphic gore and even an infamous rape scene.

    Perhaps most important of all, Roberta Williams wrote games for people - not specifically men or women - who enjoyed a good story with strong characters. She is remarkable for excelling in a mostly male-dominated industry without having to resort to the image of "PC game princess".
  • by Boadi ( 1010283 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:06AM (#16950104) Homepage
    Back when computation and observational astronomy were considered "women's work," Henrietta Swan Leavitt discovered the standard candle which lets us judge the distance of galaxies. At the time, many believed that the other galaxies were just nebulae.

    She expanded our universe from a large number of stars, to an enormous multigalactic system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Leavitt [wikipedia.org]
  • Rosalind Franklin? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by luwain ( 66565 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:32AM (#16950556)
    I've always admired Rosalind Franklin, the oft-overlooked molecular biologist who did much of the actual science (intricate lab work) that led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. She died at a young age (37)in 1958 and thus did not share in the nobel prize that was awarded to Watson and Crick in the 1960s. From accessexcellence.org (http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/AB/BC/Rosalind _Franklin.html) we have:
    "After discovering the existence of the A and B forms of DNA, Rosalind Franklin also succeeded in developing an ingenious and laborious method to separate the two forms, providing the first DNA crystals pure enough to yield interpretable diffraction patterns. She then went on to obtain excellent X-ray diffraction patterns of crystalline B-form DNA and, using a combination of crystallographic theory and chemical reasoning, discovered important basic facts about its structure. She discovered that the sugar-phosphate backbone of DNA lies on the outside of the molecule, not the inside as was previously thought. She discovered the helical structure of DNA has two strands, not three as proposed in competing theories. She gave quantitative details about the shape and size of the double helix. The all- important missing piece of the puzzle, that she could not discover from her data, was how the bases paired on the inside of the helix, and thus the secret of heredity itself. That discovery remained for Watson and Crick to make.
    After Randall presented Franklin's data and unpublished conclusions at a routine seminar, aspects of her results were informally communicated to Watson and Crick by Maurice Wilkins and Max Perutz, without her or John Randall's knowledge. It was Watson and Crick who put all the pieces of the puzzle together from a variety of sources including Franklin's results, to build their ultimately correct and complete description of DNA's structure. Their model for the structure of DNA appeared in the journal Nature in April, 1953, alongside Franklin's own report.
    Rosalind Franklin never knew that Watson and Crick had gotten access to her results. At the time of the Watson and Crick publication and afterwards, Franklin appears not to have been bitter about their accomplishment. In her own publications about DNA structure, she agreed with their essential conclusions but remained skeptical about some details of their model. Franklin moved on to work on an even more challenging problem: the structure of an entire virus, called the Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Her subsequent publications on this topic would include four more papers in the journal Nature. Rosalind Franklin was friendly with both James Watson and Francis Crick, and communicated regularly with them until her life and career were cut short by cancer in April of 1958, at the age of 37. She died with a reputation around the world for her contributions to knowledge about the structure of carbon compounds and of viruses. After her death, Watson and Crick made abundantly clear in public lectures that they could not have discovered the structure of DNA without her work. However, because the Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously, Rosalind Franklin could not be cited for her essential role in the discovery of the physical basis of genetic heredity. "

    Rosalind Franklin, in my opinion, is one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century that few people know about.

  • by Vrallis ( 33290 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @11:46AM (#16950814) Homepage
    Whoever put Paris Hilton on the list needs to be shot. If you want a REAL geek girl who also shows the goods go for (SFW), the self-described "nerd of porn." [wikipedia.org]
  • by writermike ( 57327 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @12:05PM (#16951152)
    I swear, Slashdot's taggers are a harsh crowd. The minute something hits that isn't hard news, they're all over it with that depressing "slownewsday" tag-in-the-face.

    You could have a day that goes like this:

    Microsoft opens complete Windows source code
    Steve Ballmer Resigns from Microsoft, Will Become Carpenter
    Nintendo Asks: What Makes a Good Game
    Bill Gates and Larry Ellison Announce "Domestic Partnership."
    Steve Wozniak bests Steve Jobs in UFC

    And that Nintendo story will get a slownewsday tag before the electrons dry...
  • Margaret Hamilton (Score:3, Informative)

    by Animats ( 122034 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @12:59PM (#16952270) Homepage

    Margaret Hamilton [nasa.gov]. In charge of the NASA Apollo Flight Software from 1963-72. Coined the term "software engineering". Created the field of high-reliability software. "No software bug was ever found on any manned space flight Apollo mission."

    Good-looking, too; I met her once.

  • by figa ( 25712 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @01:55PM (#16953506) Journal
    They should have chosen grandmaster Judit Polgar. [wikipedia.org] You don't get much geekier than chess, and you don't get much better than Judit Polgar.
  • by BigGar' ( 411008 ) on Wednesday November 22, 2006 @02:54PM (#16954828) Homepage
    Let's see here:
    Ada Byron: Worlds first programmer on Charles Babbage's computer.
    Val Tereshkova: Cosmonaut, Hero of Russia, Crater named for her on the moon.
    Grace Hopper: Inventor of the Mark 1 Calculator; COBOL; really found the first computer "bug"
    Rosalind Franklin: Expert in DNA and crystallography; probably should have receive a Nobel prize.
    Marie Curie: Won TWO Nobel Prizes discovered Radium & Polonium.
    Mary Shelley: Author of Frankenstein the archetypal geek gone mad story.

    A fairly impressive list.
    Next Up
    Daryl Hanna: Acted in Blade Runner & Attack of the 50 foot woman, designed two board games.
    Lisa Simpson: Fictitious, doesn't count. get it off the list.
    Aleks Krotoski:Expert in the social psychology of virtual worlds, writer for the Guardian
    Paris Hilton:Huh?

    Aleks might be able to stay, on the list but the rest gotta go. DAryl might be a geek but come on top ten?

    Here are some suggestions for additions to the list:
    Maria Mayer: Nobel Prize in Physics. Determined the "shell" structure of the atom.
    Jewel Cobb:Studied the effects of chemotherapy non-cancerous cells. Received 41 honorary doctorates.
    Evelyn Granville:Second woman in the USA to receive a PhD in mathematics. Worked for IBM on the team that developed the formulation of orbit computations and computer procedures for NASA.

    Or to go OLD school:
    Theano: Wife of Pythagoras. Worked on the formula to derive Golden Rectangle.

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