SOURCE: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

March 08, 2012 09:00 ET

Anita Borg Institute Announces Famous Women in Computer Science List

Anita Borg Institute Celebrates International Women's Day Highlighting Award-Winning Technical Women

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 8, 2012) - The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today the publication of its Famous Women in Computer Science List. The list highlights over fifty women who have positively impacted the creation of technology, many of whom have received awards and recognition for their contributions to technology. This resource was designed to highlight the importance of submitting women as well as men for awards for outstanding work. The list was created by members of the Anita Borg Institute's Advisory Board Awards Committee. The committee includes Katy Dickinson (Director, Huawei Technologies), Fran Allen (IBM Emerita and 2006 Turing Award Winner), Chandra Krintz (Professor, Computer Science Department, University of California at Santa Barbara), Dr. Bob Walker (Professor and Chair, Computer Science Department, Kent State University).

"Today and every day, we celebrate the impact that women have on the creation of technology and the positive impact that technology has on the world. The women on this list have all changed our world through their work. This list is by no means complete and we look forward to continuing to grow this list in the years to come," said Telle Whitney, President and CEO, Anita Borg Institute.

Among the many women highlighted are:

Frances E. Allen, the first female ACM A.M. Turing Award Winner and a pioneer in the optimization of compilers.

Mary Lou Jepsen, founding Chief Technology Officer of One Laptop per Child and a leader in the design of low-cost and low-power LCD screens as CEO of Pixel Qi.

Katherine Johnson, research mathematician and scientist who worked at NASA's Langley Research Center from 1953-1986, who calculated the trajectory of the early space launches.

Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood star who also co-invented spread-spectrum broadcast communications technologies.

The Anita Borg Institute will be celebrating more leading women technologists and the winner of the Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award at its Women of Vision Awards Dinner May 10, 2012 in Santa Clara CA.

About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. Our programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Google, HP, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Cisco, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Marvell, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Amazon, Broadcom, Motorola Foundation, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, and Yahoo! For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org.

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