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Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen
BornAugust 4, 1932(1932-08-04)
Peru, New York, United States[1]
DiedAugust 4, 2020(2020-08-04) (aged 88)
Schenectady, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsIBM, New York University
Alma materState University of New York at Albany,
University of Michigan
Known forHigh-performance computing, parallel computing, compiler organization, optimization
Notable awardsTuring Award (2006)
Computer Pioneer Award (2004)
Computer History Museum Fellow (2000)

Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen (August 4, 1932 – August 4, 2020) was 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 National Security Agency.[2][3]

Allen was the first female IBM Fellow and in 2006 became the first woman to win the Turing Award.[4]

Allen died on her 88th birthday on August 4, 2020 in Schenectady, New York from Alzheimer's disease-related problems.[5][6]

References

  1. Abbate, Janet (August 2, 2001). "Oral-History:Frances "Fran" Allen". IEEE Global History Network. New Brunswick, New Jersey: IEEE History Center. Interview #573. http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Oral-History:Frances_%22Fran%22_Allen. Retrieved 19 June 2012. "I was born August 4th, 1932, and I grew up on a farm, up in upstate New York. The town is Peru, New York." 
  2. IBM Corporation, "IBM Fellow becomes first woman to receive A. M. Turing Award"
  3. Crump, Micheal, "Frances Allen's Computer Tipping", UAB Kaleidoscope magazine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, September 21, 2009.
  4. Jr, S.; Guy, L. (2011). "An interview with Frances E. Allen". Communications of the ACM 54: 39. doi:10.1145/1866739.1866752 . 
  5. Remembering Frances E. Allen
  6. Frances Allen, first woman to win Turing Award for contributions to computing, dies at 88

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