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List of famous female computer scientists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female computer scientists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being computer scientists. There are thousand of females working as computer scientists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic computer scientists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a computer scientist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Jeanne Ferrante and Rosalind Picard.

While this isn't a list of all female computer scientists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female computer scientists?" and "Who are the best female computer scientists?"
Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for Google. In 2014 Mayer was ranked sixth on the list of America's 40 under 40 as well as the 16th most powerful ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist Writer

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#11 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and the one of those who popularized the idea of ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist

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#14 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Lynn Conway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Lynn Conway is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry. She worked at ...more

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Age: 79

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, New York, Westchester County, Mount Vernon United States of America, + more

Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer

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Rosalind Picard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Rosalind Wright Picard is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, director and also the founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, and co-founder of Affectiva. In 2005, she was named a Fellow of the Institute of ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Computer scientist, Engineer

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Nancy G. Leveson is a leading American expert in system and software safety. She is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, United States. Nancy Leveson gained her degrees from UCLA, including her PhD in 1980. Previously she worked at University of California, Irvine and the University of ...more

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Profession: Journalist, Computer scientist

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Janet L. Kolodner is an American cognitive scientist and learning scientist and a retired Regents' Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was Founding Editor in Chief of The Journal of the Learning Sciences and served in ...more

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Profession: Computer scientist

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Sophie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Sophie Wilson FRS FREng is a British computer scientist. She is known for designing the Acorn Micro-Computer, the first of a long line of computers sold by Acorn Computers Ltd, as well as the instruction set of the ARM processor. ...more

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom

Profession: Computer scientist

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