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== Biography ==
Carol G. Maclennan grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Her physicist father supported her early interest in math and science, portending a successful career in a field still lacking women.  While still an undergraduate at Pembroke College, she completed an internship with the Bell Labs acoustics department, to which she returned in 1960 for a lengthy stay. Excluding a brief period of employment on the computing staff of Cornell University, Maclennan worked at Bell Labs until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she worked on the block diagram (BLODI) compiler for speech processing and on spacecraft data analysis. She analyzed data from Jupiter and worked on the Pioneer and Voyager Missions project. Maclennan published over two hundred papers on a variety of topics in geophysics. 
 
  
In 1980 Maclennan advanced to the position of MTS (member of technical staff) at Bell Labs, working on instrument fieldwork for the magnetometer in Greenland and the Antarctic, and then on satellite communications.
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Carol G. Maclennan grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Her physicist father supported her early interest in math and science, portending a successful career in a field still lacking women.  While still an undergraduate at Pembroke College, she completed an internship with the [[Bell Labs|Bell Labs]] acoustics department, to which she returned in 1960 for a lengthy stay. Excluding a brief period of employment on the computing staff of Cornell University, Maclennan worked at Bell Labs until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she was a collaborator on the projects of [[Walter L. Brown|Walter L. Brown]] and Louis J. Lanzerotti, with whom she worked on the block diagram (BLODI) compiler for speech processing and on spacecraft data analysis related to the Pioneer and Voyager Missions project.
  
This interview details Maclennan's education, research, and collaborations. Maclennan analyzes the roles of gender in the Bell Labs hiring and promotion, as well as in workplace interactions.  Protests by the Women's Rights Association brought improvement in promotion practices and childcare. As a Bell staff member, Maclennan participated a summer program for minority and women students similar to the one that had initially recruited her.
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In 1980 Maclennan advanced to the position of MTS (member of technical staff) at Bell Labs, working on instrument fieldwork for the magnetometer in Greenland and the Antarctic, and then on satellite communications.  She was also involved in processing the data from the Ulysses spacecraft until its expiration in 2007.
  
McClennan assesses change over time in Bell Labs computing, social activities, and management. She describes the effects of divestiture on research. The interview concludes with an assessment of Maclennan's career and of the status of women in scientific research.  
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Maclennan published over two hundred papers on a variety of topics in geophysics.
  
 
== Further Reading ==
 
== Further Reading ==
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To read Carol Maclennan's story in her own words, see [[IEEE History Center Book Publishing|Bell Labs Memoirs: Voices of Innovation]]
  
 
[[Oral-History:Carol G. Maclennan|Carol G. Maclennan Oral History]]
 
[[Oral-History:Carol G. Maclennan|Carol G. Maclennan Oral History]]
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Biography

Carol G. Maclennan grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Her physicist father supported her early interest in math and science, portending a successful career in a field still lacking women. While still an undergraduate at Pembroke College, she completed an internship with the Bell Labs acoustics department, to which she returned in 1960 for a lengthy stay. Excluding a brief period of employment on the computing staff of Cornell University, Maclennan worked at Bell Labs until her retirement in 2001. During her career, she was a collaborator on the projects of Walter L. Brown and Louis J. Lanzerotti, with whom she worked on the block diagram (BLODI) compiler for speech processing and on spacecraft data analysis related to the Pioneer and Voyager Missions project.

In 1980 Maclennan advanced to the position of MTS (member of technical staff) at Bell Labs, working on instrument fieldwork for the magnetometer in Greenland and the Antarctic, and then on satellite communications. She was also involved in processing the data from the Ulysses spacecraft until its expiration in 2007.

Maclennan published over two hundred papers on a variety of topics in geophysics.

Further Reading

To read Carol Maclennan's story in her own words, see Bell Labs Memoirs: Voices of Innovation

Carol G. Maclennan Oral History