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Famous Female Computer Scientists

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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 business woman in the world in 2014 according to the same publication. ...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, 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 recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is regarded as the first computer programmer. Lovelace was born 10 December 1815 as the only child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron. ...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 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 machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches. Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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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 IBM in the 1960s and is credited with the invention of generalised 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

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