Frances E. Allen

1932 - 2020

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Frances Elizabeth Allen (August 4, 1932 – August 4, 2020) was an American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. Allen was the first woman to become an IBM Fellow and in 2006 became the first woman to win the Turing Award. Her achievements include seminal work in compilers, program optimization, and parallelization. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frances E. Allen has received more than 201,076 page views. Her biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Frances E. Allen is the 32nd most popular computer scientist (up from 52nd in 2019), the 2,427th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,025th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Frances E. Allen ranks 32 out of 205Before her are Larry Tesler, J. C. R. Licklider, Peter Naur, Guido van Rossum, Ward Cunningham, and Luigi Federico Menabrea. After her are Ivan Sutherland, Jef Raskin, Don Norman, Tony Hoare, Ken Kutaragi, and Pierre Bézier.

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Among people born in 1932, Frances E. Allen ranks 130Before her are Anna Moffo, Michihiro Ozawa, Dino Sani, Geraldine McEwan, Alfred Worden, and Parry O'Brien. After her are Nichelle Nichols, Colville Young, Christy Brown, Momoko Kōchi, Gato Barbieri, and Vasily Aksyonov. Among people deceased in 2020, Frances E. Allen ranks 185Before her are Hans-Jochen Vogel, Alfred Worden, John Lewis, Claude Brasseur, Jimmy Cobb, and Patrick Devedjian. After her are Milton Glaser, Rosa Maria Sardà, Ivry Gitlis, Paul H. O'Neill, Ardico Magnini, and Renato Corti.

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Among people born in United States, Frances E. Allen ranks 2,427 out of 15,968Before her are Kristen Stewart (1990), Henrietta Lacks (1920), Warner Baxter (1889), Bruno Mars (1985), Robert Culp (1930), and John Stockton (1962). After her are Georgina Spelvin (1936), Kourtney Kardashian (1979), Edward Bunker (1933), Tim Allen (1953), Lorraine Gary (1937), and Nichelle Nichols (1932).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Frances E. Allen ranks 20Before her are John Backus (1924), Leonard Kleinrock (1934), Dorothy Vaughan (1910), Larry Tesler (1945), J. C. R. Licklider (1915), and Ward Cunningham (1949). After her are Ivan Sutherland (1938), Jef Raskin (1943), Don Norman (1935), Jay Wright Forrester (1918), Allen Newell (1927), and Charles Bachman (1924).