Mary Kenneth Keller earned her place in computer science history: she helped develop BASIC as a grad student, and received a Ph.D from the Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin in June of 1965. Irving C. Tang received his D.Sc at Washington University in St. Louis the same month, which means that, briefly, half of all holders of doctorates in science were female.

And, Yes, to add to the oddball twist of this story: Keller was a nun, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and order dedicated to education. Keller went on to chair the Clarke College CS Department for twenty years.

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