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Well-known women in computer science

  • Fran Allen, pioneer in compilers, winner of the 2006 Turing Award
  • Elisa Bertino, widely cited database and security researcher
  • Anita Borg
  • Deborah Estrin, networking researcher, one of the most widely cited computer scientists with an h-index of nearly 100 (an h-index is the highest h such that the researcher has published h papers each with h citations)
  • Sally Floyd, widely cited networking researcher, developer of key TCP specifications
  • Adele Goldberg, co-developed Smalltalk language
  • Shafi Goldwasser, theoretical computer scientist and 2012 Turing Award winner
  • Margaret Hamilton coined the term "software engineering" and was the lead flight software developer for the Apollo 11 moon landing. [1]
  • Grace Hopper
  • Sara Kiesler, widely cited human-computer interactions researcher
  • Daphne Koller, widely cited artificial intelligence researcher
  • Barbara Liskov, programming languages researcher and 2008 Turing Award winner
  • Ada Lovelace, worked on first computer, invented/discovered recursion in computer programming
  • Mary Kenneth Keller, believed to be the first female PhD in computer science
  • Radia Perlman, invented Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Karen Spärck Jones, computational linguistics and information retrieval pioneer
  • Lixia Zhang, widely cited networking researcher

Other women in computer science

  • Amal Ahmed, programming languages and type systems researcher
  • Jade Alglave, programming languages, logic, and verification researcher
  • Tamara Berg, computer vision researcher, won 2013 Marr Prize in Vision
  • Fran Bilas, programmer of ENIAC
  • Sharla P. Boehm, did foundational work showing the feasibility of the technical basis of the Internet
  • Kathleen Booth, developed the first assembly language (ARC)
  • Cynthia Breazeal, researcher in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Amy Bruckman, best known for her pioneering research in the fields of online communities and the learning sciences
  • Cristina Cifuentes, researcher in the areas of compilation, decompilation, and binary translation
  • Lynn Conway, electrical engineer and computer architect
  • Véronique Cortier, researcher in the area of verification of security protocols
  • Radhia Cousot, programming languages and program analysis researcher
  • Lois Delcambre, database researcher
  • Jeri Ellsworth, hardware hacker, creator of the C64 Direct-to-TV
  • Mary Fernández, database and programming languages researcher
  • Kathleen Fisher, programming languages and data management researcher
  • Judy Goldsmith, AI, theoretical computer science, and computational decision making
  • Susan Graham, researcher in the areas of compilers and programming languages
  • Lois Haibt, contributed to the design and implementation of FORTRAN; responsible for flow analysis and optimization
  • Cordelia Hall, programming languages and music information retrieval researcher
  • Mary Hall, high-performance computing researcher
  • Mor Harchol-Balter , distributed systems researcher
  • Mary Lou Jepsen, display devices and hardware expert, founder of One Laptop Per Child
  • Patricia Johann, programming language theorist
  • Leslie Pack Kaelbling, artificial intelligence researcher
  • Karen Karavanic, high-performance computing researcher
  • Susan Kare, UI expert, worked on original Macintosh interface
  • Gabriele Keller, programming languages and parallel computing researcher
  • Janet Kolodner, best known for pioneering research on case-based reasoning
  • Monica Lam, compilers and mobile computing researcher
  • Ming C. Lin, researcher in the areas of collision detection, physical simulation, and sound simulation
  • Yanhong Annie Liu, programming languages and compilers researcher
  • Nancy Lynch, theoretical computer scientist and distributed systems researcher
  • Pattie Maes, researcher in the areas of software agents and fluid interfaces
  • Jennifer Mankoff, human-computer interaction researcher
  • Brandeis H. Marshall, data integration and knowledge management researcher
  • Maja J. Matarić, roboticist
  • Kathryn McKinley, programming languages researcher
  • Kay McNulty, programmer of ENIAC
  • Terri Oda, evolutionary algorithms, AI and security researcher
  • Catuscia Palamidessi, researcher in programming languages, concurrency, distributed systems, and formal methods
  • Brigitte Pientka, researcher in the areas of programming languages, logics, and verification
  • Diane Pozafsky, known for her work on serious games, cheminformatics, virtualization, and web programming
  • Barbara Ryder, program analysis researcher
  • Jean E. Sammet, developer of the FORMAC programming language
  • Mary Sheeran, researcher in the areas of programming languages and hardware description languages
  • Alexandra Silva, theoretical computer scientist
  • Ellen Spertus, information retrieval researcher
  • Betty Snyder, programmer of ENIAC
  • Ana Sokolova, formal methods and concurrency researcher
  • Lynn Andrea Stein, artificial intelligence researcher
  • Alley Stoughton, researcher in the areas of logic and programming languages
  • Cynthia Sturton, computer security and formal verification researcher
  • Eva Tardos, algorithms researcher
  • Xiaoyuan Tu, artificial intelligence researcher
  • Hanna Wallach, machine learning researcher
  • Gloria Washington, human-centered computing researcher
  • Stephanie Weirich, programming languages researcher
  • Marlyn Wescoff, programmer of ENIAC
  • Jennifer Widom, database researcher
  • Jeannette M. Wing, security and programming languages researcher
  • Wang Xiaoyun, cryptographer
  • Kathy Yelick, parallel computing researcher
  • Shaula Yemini, programming languages and distributed systems researcher
  • Greta Yorsh, researcher in program analysis and programming languages
  • Anna Zamansky researcher in logic and formal methods in software engineering


See also List of women tech book writers