Edith Clarke

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Edith Clarke

Name: Edith Clarke

Born: February 10, 1883

Death: October 29, 1959 (Age: 76)

Computer-related contributions

  • Electrical engineer and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • First woman employed as an electrical engineer in the United States, as well as the country's first female professor of electrical engineering.
  • Inventor of the Clarke calculator, a simple graphical device that solved equations involving electric current, voltage, and impedance in power transmission lines. The device could solve line equations involving hyperbolic functions ten times faster than previous methods.

Honors and awards

  • First female Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1948).
  • Recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award (1954).