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Famous Female Computer Scientists

Updated June 14, 2019 25.9k views 95 items

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 (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a position she held from July 2012. It was announced in January 2017 that she would step down from the company's board upon the sale of Yahoo!'s operating business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. She would not join the newly combined company, now called Verizon Media (formerly Oath), and announced her resignation on June 13, 2017. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokeswoman for Google (employee #20). ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin

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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 (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers.Lovelace was the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and his wife Lady Byron. All of Byron's other children were born out of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. Prior to joining the Navy, Hopper earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and was a professor of mathematics at Vassar College. Hopper attempted to enlist in the Navy during World War II but was rejected because she was 34 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Lynn Conway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Computer Scientists
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Lynn Ann Conway (born January 2, 1938) 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 in the 1960s and is credited with the invention of generalized dynamic instruction handling, a key advance used in out-of-order execution, used by most modern computer processors to improve performance. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York