Issue No. 04 - October-December (2003 vol. 25)
Mary Croarken , University of Warwick
<p>The production of astronomical tables is an ancient activity, one requiring a great deal of mathematical computation. During the 18th century, production of these tables increased and the British government hired human computers to prepare the tables of the annual <it>Nautical Almanac</it>. From 1765 to 1811, the <it>Nautical Almanac</it> employed 35 computers; only one, Mary Edwards, was a woman, whose story is told here.</p>
M. Croarken, "Mary Edwards: Computing for a Living in 18th-Century England," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 25, no. , pp. 9-15, 2003.