Marlyn Meltzer

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Marlyn Meltzer

Marlyn Meltzer (born 1922; died December 4, 2008[1]) was one of the six original programmers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.


Programmers Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas (right) operate the ENIAC's main control panel.

She was born Marlyn Wescoff and graduated from Temple University in 1942. She was hired by the Moore School of Engineering later that year to perform weather calculations, mainly because she knew how to operate an adding machine; in 1943, she was hired to perform calculations for ballistics trajectories.[2] In 1945, she was selected to become one of the first group of ENIAC programmers. The other five ENIAC women were Kathleen McNulty, Betty Jennings, Betty Snyder, Frances Bilas and Ruth Teitelbaum.[3]

Although mentioned in Woman of the ENIAC, at the time, little recognition was attributed to the women working on the computer. She resigned from the team in 1947 to get married before ENIAC was relocated to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.[2]

In 1997 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, along with the other original ENIAC programmers.


  1. ^ ENIAC Programmers Memorials,, access date 24 July 2014
  2. ^ a b IEEE Global Networl. Marlyn Meltzer. Ret. March 2014
  3. ^ W. Barkley Fritz. 1996. The Women of ENIAC. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 18:3. pp. 13-28.

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