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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 266,391 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Frances E. Allen is the 41st most popular computer scientist (down from 32nd in 2019), the 2,836th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,426th in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Frances E. Allen ranks 41 out of 201Before her are Ken Kutaragi, Maurice Wilkes, Brian Kernighan, Nolan Bushnell, Allen Newell, and Jack Dorsey. After her are Don Norman, Leslie Lamport, Fred Brooks, Warren Weaver, Pierre Bézier, and Charles Bachman.

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Among people born in 1932, Frances E. Allen ranks 144Before her are Michael H. Hart, Hassan Al-Turabi, Jan Jindra, Anna Moffo, Eero Aarnio, and Elena Poniatowska. After her are Joseph Zen, Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, Vasily Aksyonov, József Antall, Tavo Burat, and Pentti Linkola. Among people deceased in 2020, Frances E. Allen ranks 147Before her are Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Linda Cristal, Benjamin Mkapa, Vyacheslav Kebich, Mario Bunge, and Trini Lopez. After her are Ilija Petković, Agne Simonsson, Stuart Whitman, Amadeo Carrizo, Jerry Rawlings, and Pentti Linkola.

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Among people born in United States, Frances E. Allen ranks 2,836 out of 18,182Before her are Jack Dorsey (1976), Betty Grable (1916), George Segal (1934), John Edward Williams (1922), Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979), and Karen Black (1939). After her are Lauren Hutton (1943), Morgan Robertson (1861), Walton Walker (1889), Curtis Hanson (1945), Tom Petty (1950), and Sam Jones (1933).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Frances E. Allen ranks 26Before her are Ivan Sutherland (1938), Barbara Liskov (1939), J. C. R. Licklider (1915), Nolan Bushnell (1943), Allen Newell (1927), and Jack Dorsey (1976). After her are Don Norman (1935), Leslie Lamport (1941), Fred Brooks (1931), Warren Weaver (1894), Charles Bachman (1924), and Jay Wright Forrester (1918).