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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

Age: 42

Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States of America

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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

Age: Died at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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#9 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

Age: Died at 86 (1906-1992)

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

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#15 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

Age: 80

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

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