Thomas C. Jepsen, author of numerous articles on the history of telecommunications technology, is a telecommunications systems architect in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Listed in: History | Women · Technology & Engineering | Telecommunications
My Sisters Telegraphic
Women in the Telegraph Office, 1846–1950
By Thomas C. Jepsen
The role of the telegraph operator in the mid-nineteenth century was like that of today’s software programmer/analyst, according to independent scholar Tom Jepsen, who notes that in the “cyberspace” of long ago, male operators were often surprised to learn that the “first-class man” on the other end of the wire was a woman.