Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World Computer Pioneer Honoured; JESSICA GREWAL Interviews Ann Moffatt and Shares the Story of a Woman Who Boldly Helped Pioneer the World's First Computers

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World Computer Pioneer Honoured; JESSICA GREWAL Interviews Ann Moffatt and Shares the Story of a Woman Who Boldly Helped Pioneer the World's First Computers

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SHE was one of the first women in the world to touch a computer.

From her kitchen table in suburbia she helped craft the first black box for Concord.

Even a serious brain injury couldn't keep her down.

These are just a few of the achievements that led to the Fraser Coast's own computer genius Ann Moffatt being honoured at a gala event last month with the most prestigious award the information technology industry has to offer.

It was 1958 when Ms Moffatt first got her hands on a computer.

There were only about 300 in the world at the time.

Her boss had one sent to the MET office in England where Ms Moffatt was working and told her she needed to take a course to learn code cracking.

She thought she should learn as much as she could about the strange new machines so she went to the library in search of books about computers.

C[pounds sterling]There were three,C[yen] Ms Moffatt said. C[pounds sterling]So I read those and thought CyOK here we go'.C[yen]

It turned out to be the best move of her life.

C[pounds sterling]I was just very lucky to go to work every day and get paid to have fun,C[yen] Ms Moffatt said. C[pounds sterling]From day one Co it was what I was meant to do.C[yen]

Just when Ms Moffatt thought she was ready to take the next step in her career, tragedy struck.

She and her husband, who at the time was working for Kodak, went on a holiday which ended in disaster.

Ms Moffatt fell off her racing bike and fractured her skull.

The woman who had always been C[pounds sterling]very bright at mathsC[yen] was suddenly a C[pounds sterling]vegetable who couldn't count from ten backwardsC[yen].

It took six months for Ms Moffatt to get back on her feet Co she still feels the effects to this day Co and it was then she decided she was ready to take on the next challenge. …

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