Techsters Through History: The Almost Apple Farmer
An apple never did fall on the boy’s head, but when he was 17, his mother tried to pull him out of school to become a farmer. Luckily, the school’s headmaster convinced her otherwise. The boy returned to school, where he studied science using sundials and prisms.
Seven years later, he invented calculus and discovered the fundamental laws of gravity and motion.
In 1968, while most of the world had only seen computers in sci-fi, a 13-year-old boy had access to a computer the size of a room. By the time computers started showing up in peoples’ homes, he already had decades of experience programming and hacking them.
That boy grew up to start Microsoft.
Growing up, she lived just a few blocks from a school with advanced math and science courses, but because of segregation, she wasn’t allowed to walk through the doors. After Brown v. Board of Education, she gained access to that school and those advanced classes. She went on to become valedictorian of that school. She later became the first African-American woman to earn a PhD from MIT and the first to be awarded the National Medal of Science.
A lot has changed through history, but what has not changed is that early experience with technology can change a life.
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