Erna Schneider was born in Irvington, New Jersey back in 1926. Her father was a dentist and her mother a school teacher. She attended Wellesley College with here major in classical and medieval philosophy.
Earning her bachelor’s degree, she continued her education earning her Ph.D. from Yale University in philosophy. She taught philosophy and logic at Swarthmore College from 1951-54. In 1954, she joined Bell Labs as a senior technical associate.
As Bell Labs was switching from an electronic to computer-based technology they encountered an issue. That issue was when a call center would be inundated with thousands of calls the system would freeze up.
Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover invented a computerized telephone switching method which prevented system overloads by monitoring the call centers to enable more robust service during peak call times. She worked at Bell Laboratories for 32 years. She is described as an important pioneer for women in the field of computer technology. In 2008, she was inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She was also awarded one of the first patents for computer software. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket