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Erna Schneider Hoover ’52PhD

For designing the first computerized switching system for telephone calls, Bell Labs researcher Erna Schneider Hoover ’52PhD was awarded one of the first patents ever issued for computer software. On Thursday, it was announced that her achievement had earned her a spot in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Like most women who combine career and family, Hoover knows how to juggle. She first sketched out the system while she was in the hospital recovering from the birth of one of her three daughters.

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