Free posters (to download) for your classroom
You can also use the PowerPoint file as a rolling presentation on a screen, we have another on-screen display version here for 16:9 format (see gif below).
The posters are made available under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA licence which means you are welcome to share and adapt them for your own needs (non-commercial use only) while crediting us and if you share adapted versions then you need must make them available under the same licence and credit us.
We hope that you and your class will find the posters inspiring and that it encourages your students to find out more, but we also hope that they will work in the background too, to normalise the fact that computer scientists come in all varieties. There are people of different gender, ages and ethnicities in the poster set and we will be adding more people.
List of people on the posters so far (in alphabetical order by their forename)
Abdigani (Abdi) Diriye: Somalia tech startups
Setting up tech start-up accelerator boot camps, coding camps, mentoring programmes and tech funding opportunities in Somali and Somaliland Abdi brings his expertise in computing to help local technology infrastructure grow and work towards solving the challenges facing Africa.
Ada Lovelace: Pioneer programmer
Daughter of Lord Byron, the infamous English poet, Ada was no ordinary young woman of the 1800’s. Known as the first programmer, she predicted that computers would be far more than adding machines.
Alan Turing: The grandfather of computer science
The ‘Turing Machine’, the `Turing Test’ and Bletchley Park code-breaking, make Alan Turing one of the most influential and famous English computer scientists. Defining fundamentals of what defines a computer and what defines an AI underpin computer science today.
Anne-Marie Imafidon: STEMettes
Anne-Marie Imafidon, aged only 11 was the youngest girl to pass an A level in Computing and was only 20 when she passed a Master’s degree in Maths & Computer Science. With such a passion for STEM she co-founded STEMettes a programme to inspire young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths!
Annie Easley: Rocket maths
Annie’s code was used to fly rockets and laid the foundations for space shuttle launches. Her focus was on solving energy problems, including wind and solar projects.
Barbara Liskov: Programming Languages
Barbara Liskov’s work in the theory of programming languages has been used as the foundation of object-oriented programming. She has also developed cunning algorithms which cope with computers failing in unexpected ways. This may sound unimportant but is, in fact, vital to the reliability and accuracy of distributed systems, like services provided on the Internet.
Carrie Anne Philbin: Geek Gurl Diaries
Carrie Anne makes computing cool! She has been writing her diary on YouTube for years now. But it’s not about mundane stuff, it’s about technology and making.
Christine Farion: Wearable Technology
Christine’s research of forgetfulness has resulted in some beautiful and very useful products which use embedded sensors. Using shop scanners to check what has been popped in your bag, a tiny light displays whether you have remembered your keys.
Cynthia Bennett: Access for all
Making sure that technology can be accessed by everyone is Cynthia’s goal. Her research area is Human-Computer Interaction but with a focus on assistive technology for those with disabilities.
Dorcas Muthoni: Mentoring in Africa
Dorcas is in the top 100 Lionesses, a list of the top African Women Entrepreneurs. Not only does she run a highly successful tech firm she is a fierce advocate for women in tech she set up AfChix which is a chapter of LinuxChix. What are all these Chix?
Evelyn Boyd Granville: Space Software
Early space travel required software with some very complicated mathematics. Evelyn Boyd Granville was the right mathematician for the job. She became a computer programmer working on space mission projects. Celestial mechanics, trajectory and orbit computations all needed her maths skills.
Fei- Fei Li: Vision and diversity to create AI4All
Having trailblazed machine learning vision processing, Fei-Fei is now a professor of Human-Centred AI. She is dedicated to making sure that AI is created by and works for everyone.
Florence Nightingale: Important Infographics
The” Lady of the Lamp”, Florence Nightingale, was not only one of the most famous nurses in history she was also a trailblazing Victorian statistician who used data to save lives.
Fran Allen: Compilers – Clever Translation
Getting computers to do what you want, used to be very difficult. Programming languages were very complicated and hard to understand. People like Grace Hopper and Fran Allen changed all this by their work on compilers.
Gladys West: Satellite positioning
Gladys West’s work on accurate positions of satellites underpins satnav and other location-aware services we rely on. She also worked on the first sea observation satellite, vital in understanding climate change.
Grace Hopper: Readable code and bugs
Grace Hopper was a pioneer in the world of computer science. She had a very sensible idea which revolutionised the programming languages that we use. No more bizarre strings of letters and numbers we can use English words now.
Hedy Lamarr: Frequency hopping star
Both an inventor and a movie star, Hedy Lamarr had a great idea of how to protect radio transmissions from being jammed by those who should not be listening in.
Holly Kay: Pa11y and Pair Programming
Being a deaf developer, Holly Kay found pair programming very challenging as she had to lip read as well as look at the screen. She came up with a solution, help develop an accessibility tool for everyone – Pa11y.
Jeanette Wing: Computational thinking for all
Jeanette Wing has been closely associated with the idea of computational thinking for many years and has worked to promote is as a set of skills that are useful for everyone.
John Henry Thompson: Art lingo
John Henry Thompson created a novel new programming language which helps developers incorporate art when programming when they are developing games, websites and other digital products.
Juliana Rotich: Crowdsourcing in a crisis
When a crisis occurs, sometimes the only people who know what is going on, are the people in the middle of the disaster. Juliana helped develop a system which gave those people the opportunity to share the picture on the ground.
Karen Spärck Jones: Search Engines
Karen Spärk Jones famously said that computer science was ‘too important to be left to men.’ It is a good job that she did as she recommended as her work on search engines is now used almost every time we ‘google’ something.
Katherine Johnson: Space calculations
Working out how to put a man on the moon needed lots of hard maths. Katherine Johnson was one of the women whose mathematical expertise was critical to space success.
Kimberly Bryant: Black Girls Code
Kimberly Bryant’s personal experience of being a black female electronics engineer led her to found Black Girls Code. Focusing on gender and race as overlapping social identities the educational group teaches 6-17 year-old girls from underrepresented communities skills in computer programming and technology.
Louis Braille: Binary Braille
When the blind Louis Braille invented Braille as a way to enable blind people to read, he also invented the world’s first widely used binary representation of characters. The same idea now underpins the way digital computers store characters.
Martha Lane Fox: Computer Science Politics
There are far fewer women working in technology than men. Why? Martha Lane Fox champions solving this problem through both charity work and in her job. She is a Member of the House of Lords, the youngest ever.
Mary Lou Jepsen: Invention and equity
Researcher and inventor of optical light products, Mary Lou Jepson has a talent for seeing ahead of the field. Exploiting holography and virtual reality she has created artworks and medical devices that delight and revolutionise.
Michelle Simmons: Atomic electronics and Quantum Computers
Atomic electronics what on earth is that? Michelle Simmons knows! She is a world-leading expert on building the tiniest computer components ever, only as big as a single atom. Can atomic components be used to create quantum computers? Michelle Simmons knows!
Safiya Umoja Noble: Bias in search engines
Sociologist Safiya Noble’s research on ethics in technology has drawn attention to race and gender in algorithms. Her book “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism” looks at how bias against people of colour can be (even unintentionally) incorporated in search engine algorithms.
Shafi Goldwasser: Zero-Knowledge
Using a credit card when shopping online is an everyday occurrence that could only happen because of Shafi Goldwasser’s research. To keep our online transactions secure there is some clever logic and fiendish maths.
Segun Fatumo: Bioinformatics
UK-based Segun Fatumo has put his computing know-how to use in genetic research and bioinformatics, studying the genetic basis of cardiovascular and infectious diseases in African populations.
Shwetal Shah: Tools to teach & Digital Activist
Shwetal is a young entrepreneur and youth representative who worked with a company who developed a fun platform which teaches coding. By representing young people with government groups, she is championing the need for inclusion in tech.
Sophie Wilson: Chip Design
Sophie Wilson designed the chip for the BBC Micro. This was one of the most popular early personal computers. Sophie also co-designed the chip (the ARM processor) that is in almost all mobile phones as well as in tablets, TV’s …
Susan Wojcicki: Marketing Ads
A top director at Google, Susan Wojcicki has been named as one of the most important people in Marketing. As well as managing YouTube she has also led on Adwords a powerful product that makes it easier for companies to sell to us.
Tina Chowdhury: Bioengineering
Tina saves and improves lives by combining biology, engineering, computer science and technology. Leading a cutting edge team of experts, her group researches how to repair and replace soft tissue such as the membrane surrounding babies in the womb and arthritic knee joints.
Dame Wendy Hall: Web Science
Dame Wendy Hall was one of the first people to research multimedia and hypermedia, even before the web existed. Multimedia is online products such as text, video, photographs and sound files. Hypermedia is the linking of these products using tagged knowledge. Dame Wendy Hall is a key figure in the development of the Web and Web Science.
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