Frances E Allen (1932 – present)
In 2006, Frances became the first woman to receive ACM’s Turing Award. She was also the first female IBM Fellow. She joined IBM in 1957 after working as a teacher and earning her master’s degree in mathematics. She planned to return to teaching once her student loans were paid off, but ended up staying with IBM for her entire 45 year career. She is known for leading developments in the field of optimizing compilers. She is recognized for her accomplishments in development of compilers, parallelization and code optimization. She also played a role in intelligence work on programming languages as well as security codes for The National Security Agency (NSA).
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