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

This list has a variety of people in it, from Audrey Tang to Jutta Degener.

While this isn't a list of all female programmers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female programmers?" and "Who are the best female programmers?"
Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Programmers
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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". The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper is named for ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

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

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#14 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Leah Culver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Programmers
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Leah Culver is a programmer. Culver is a 2006 computer science graduate of the University of Minnesota. In 2007, she co-founded the micro-blogging site Pownce, acquired by Six Apart in December 2008. She left Six Apart in February 2010. She co-founded Convore, focused on real time chat in 2011. In 2012, Convore added a new product, Grove.io which focuses on hosted real-time chat for companies and announced that Convore service will be discontinued on April 1, 2012. On September 15, Grove.io announced that it will cease service on October 13, 2012. Shortly thereafter on September 28, 2012, Revolution Systems announced that they had acquired Grove.io and would be continuing its operations. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 35

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Rebecca Heineman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Programmers
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Rebecca Ann Heineman is an American video game programmer. A long-time veteran of the computer game industry, Heineman was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment. She has also been affiliated at various times with Barking Lizards Technologies, Electronic Arts, Bloomberg, Microsoft, MacPlay and Ubisoft, among other game companies. Heineman works as the CEO of Olde Skuul in the Seattle, Washington. She won the National Space Invaders Championship, sponsored by Atari, in November, 1980, making her the first person to ever win a national video game contest. In the mid-1980s, Heineman programmed the cult classic graphic adventure games Tass Times in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: United States of America

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Jamie Fenton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Programmers
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Jamie Faye Fenton is a game programmer best known for the 1981 hit arcade game Gorf. She has been active in the transgender community and transitioned from male to female around 1998. Fenton was drawn to computer technology while in school because its highly predictable nature appealed to her and it provided a safe haven from being picked on by other students. She is also one of the creators of MacroMind's VideoWorks software. ...more on Wikipedia

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