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Frances Allen (1932–2020), pioneering computer scientist

by Kirk Fox

Frances Allen was a pioneering computer scientist and the first woman to win a Turing award.   

  • Died: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Who else died on August 4?) 
  • Details of Death: Died from Alzheimer’s disease.  
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Computer Science Pioneer 

Allen was a pioneering female computer scientist known for her work on compiler research. She earned a masters degree in in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1957. She was hired by IBM and worked there for 45 years until 2002. Her work helped computers understand programs written by humans. In 2006, Allen won the Turing award, considered the highest honor in computer science.  

What they said about her

Full Obituary: New York Times


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