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Disappearing Pioneers

Season 2, Ep. 3

When women and underrepresented minorities make important contributions to science or technology, why do they later disappear from history? It’s a phenomenon that Lynn Conway, University of Michigan professor emerita of electrical engineering and computer science, has documented since her own erasure. Conway was a driving force in the very-large-scale integration, or VLSI, revolution which triggered the expansion and impact of Silicon Valley, and is credited with making modern digital systems such as cell phones and laptops possible.


In this episode of RE: Engineering Radio, she reconstructs how her own contributions faded over time and why “others” lose credit.


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