Erna Schneider

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another woman takes the lead... thanks for the history lesson....

Sep 28, 2017 04:27 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Sep 28, 2017 04:30 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I just watched Hidden Figures on tv last night - another story of ground breaking women

Sep 28, 2017 04:38 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Wow another historical tidbit of information on someone leading the way in technology! Erna is to be commending for her contributions and glad to see she was recognized for her efforts. 

Sep 28, 2017 04:46 AM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

HA! It turns out you actually can do something with a degree in philosophy! 

Sep 28, 2017 04:50 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

It just goes to show us that women can contribute as much to business as men can.

Sep 28, 2017 04:56 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  A great invention that now has become a bit more obsolete as we rarely get the chance to call and talk to a real human being.

Sep 28, 2017 05:09 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A great invention that attempted to relieve the frustration we have all dealt with. Enjoy your day!

Sep 28, 2017 05:37 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Bell Labs has been a leader innovation for many years. The book The Innovators features these people.

Sep 28, 2017 05:51 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so she is responsible for us being on hold for hours at a time when we call in for customer service?

Sep 28, 2017 06:18 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I enjoy working with people who are problem solvers and can look at challenges from so many different angles and perspectives. Thank you again for introducing us to yet another famomous inventor James Dray 

Sep 28, 2017 08:13 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

Problem solving is what moves us forward and I am certainly glad that Erna was able to solve a roadblock in telephone communication! 

Sep 28, 2017 09:06 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. This is a really good one. Thanks for the lesson.

Sep 28, 2017 10:06 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - a great women pioneer at a pioneering company bell labs.

Sep 28, 2017 01:21 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Erna was certainly a very smart cookie, wasn't she, James! 32 years at one place is also a REALLY long time! Kudos to her for her education, wonderful career and achievements.

Sep 28, 2017 02:45 PM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a great story about Erna.  I really enjoyed this post, and we wish you a great rest of the week.  A

Sep 28, 2017 03:04 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now she was someone I can really admire!  

Sep 28, 2017 06:05 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James glad you shared, made me smile my mother was born in the same year and totally different directions she went:))Endre

Sep 28, 2017 11:21 PM #18
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... as always, I loved reading about a woman who broke some important barriers in our society.

Sep 29, 2017 02:13 AM #19
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Facinating! I wonder how she came up with the idea for her invention. She majorly contributed to phone services today. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 27, 2017 10:10 AM #20
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