Frances Allen

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Frances AllenName: Frances (Fran) Elizabeth Allen

Born: August 4, 1932, in Upstate New York, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers.
  • Known for her work in compilers, code optimization, and parallelization.
  • Had a role in intelligence work on programming languages and security codes for the National Security Agency.

Honors and awards

  • Inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame (1997).
  • Won the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing (2002).
  • Received the A.M. Turing Award (First woman recipient in the forty year history of the award) (2006).