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Famous Female Computer Scientists

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?"

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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer
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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    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 on Wikipedia
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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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    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 IBM ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 53
    • 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 on Wikipedia
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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 that ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Computer scientist
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    2007 winner of the John Bates Clark medal; professor at Harvard. fields of economic theory, applied economics, econometrics, industrial theory, auction theory more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Economist
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    Charlotte Froese Fischer is a Canadian-American applied mathematician and computer scientist who gained world recognition for the development and implementation of the Multi-Configurational Hartree–Fock approach to atomic-structure calculations and for her theoretical prediction concerning the existence ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 86
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, Computer scientist
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    Daphne Koller is an Israeli-American Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She's also one of the founders of Coursera, an online education platform. Her general research area is artificial intelligence and its applications in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Israel
    • Profession: Professor, Computer scientist
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    Barbara Liskov is an American computer scientist who is an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ford Professor of Engineering in its School of Engineering's electrical engineering and computer science department. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Computer scientist
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    Monica Sin-Ling Lam is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford, and Founder of MokaFive. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    Yoky Matsuoka is the VP of Technology and Analytics at Twitter, and formerly the Vice President of Technology at Nest, where she was in charge of UX and the learning aspects of Nest's thermostat. Previously, she was an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 43
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Neuroroboticist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Annie J. Easley was an African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist. She worked for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. She was a leading member of the team which ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1933-2011)
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Computer scientist
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    Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen is an American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. Her achievements include seminal work in compilers, code optimization, and parallelization. She also had a role in intelligence work on programming languages and security codes for the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Peru, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where she has worked on nontraditional data management. She was the chair of the Computer Science Department from 2009 to 2014 . ACM conferred her with ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    Éva Tardos is a Hungarian mathematician and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. Tardos received her Dipl.Math in 1981 and her Ph.D. 1984 from Eötvös Loránd University under her advisor András Frank. Gábor Tardos is her younger brother. She was Chair of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Hungary
    • Profession: Mathematician, Computer scientist
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    Henriette Davidson Avram was a computer programmer and systems analyst who developed the MARC format, the international data standard for bibliographic and holdings information in libraries. Avram's development of the MARC format in the late 1960s and early 1970s at the Library of Congress had a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1919-2006)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Librarian, Computer scientist
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    Shafrira Goldwasser is an American-born Israeli computer scientist. She is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and a professor of mathematical sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Cryptographer
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