Dona Bailey

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Dona Bailey is a game programmer who, along with Ed Logg in 1981, created the arcade video game Centipede.[1][2]

For two years, Bailey worked for GM on microprocessor-based cruise control systems.[3] In 1980, Bailey joined Atari's coin-op division, where she was the only woman.[3] She was the only female software engineer at Atari during this time. [4] She left Atari in 1982. Dona Bailey holds M.Ed. and M.A. degrees and teaches as a faculty member in the department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.[5]


  1. ^ Krueger, Anne (1983-03). "Welcome to the Club". Video Games. p. 51. Retrieved 26 May 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Ortutay, Barbara (June 30, 2012). "Dona Bailey, a rare female programmer in Atari’s early days, recalls birth of ‘Centipede’". Associated Press / DesiWireFeed. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, Steven L. (2001). The ultimate history of video games : from Pong to Pokemon, the story behind the craze that touched our lives and changed the world (1. ed. ed.). Roseville, Calif.: Prima. p. 624. ISBN 9780761536437. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Alexander, Leigh. "The Original Gaming Bug: Centipede Creator Dona Bailey" Aug. 2007. Ret. Mar 2014.
  5. ^ "People | Rhetoric and Writing". University of Little Rock Arkansas. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 

See also[edit]

  • Carol Shaw, considered the first female video game designer.

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