Cerner names road on new campus after pioneering female programmer

A road on Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner's Innovations Campus will be named Bartik Drive after Betty Jean Jennings Bartik, a revolutionary female computer programmer, according to The Kansas City Star.

After graduating from Maryville-based Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College with a mathematics degree, Ms. Bartik was hired at Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania in 1945. It was there that she began work on the electronic numerical integrator and computer (ENIAC), the world's first general-purpose electronic computer.

Ms. Bartik died in 2011 at the age of 86.

Coincidentally, current Cerner employee Kristen Landes Kasselman is Ms. Bartik's great-niece. Ms. Kasselman learned of the road naming in a companywide memo.

"I was ecstatic to see her name on the street list," Ms. Kasselman said, according to the report. "Aunt Betty passed away before I started to work at Cerner, but of course I knew all about her."

Ms. Bartik isn't the only individual to have a road on Cerner's campus named after her. A total of nine roads will be named after computing pioneers — such as Grace Hopper, PhD — and nine drives will be named after prominent healthcare leaders like Florence Nightingale.

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