Frances Elizabeth Allen

    If you want to know about a woman who was known for her 40 years of work with programming languages, than here is your chance! It's Fran Allen! She was born in 1932 in the U.S., in New York. Fran grew up on a farm in upstate New York. She graduated from The New York State College for teachers (now The State University of New York at Albany) with a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1954. In 1957 she graduated form the University of Michigan with a degree in mathematics. When she first joined IBM she was looking for a job to help pay off her student loans. We saw a video of Fran Allen saying that her parents guided her.

    Fran Allen is a computer scientist who had a role in intelligence work on programming languages and security codes for the National Security Agency. Fran was the first female IBM fellow in 1989. In 2006 she became the first women to win the Turing Award. Here are some interesting facts about Fran Allen: she was inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame. Also, she is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

 

Image courtesy of : http://www.research.ibm.com/res_2009_franallanawardwinner.shtml

for more information: http://www.witi.com/center/witimuseum/halloffame/1997/fallen.php
http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/witexhibit/wit_hall_allen.html http://www.computerhistory.org/fellowawards/index.php?id=77

 

2010, by Michael & Justin, fourth grade

Last modified 05/13/2010

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