Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Lynn Conway
Born: January 10, 1938, in White Plains, New York, USA
- American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, trans woman, and activist for the transgender community.
- Known for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry.
- While at IBM in the 1960s she invented generalized dynamic instruction handling, an out-of-order execution used by computer processors to improve performance.
Honors and awards
- Electronics 1981 Award for Achievement.
- IEEE EAB Major Educational Innovation Award (1984).
- Fellow of the IEEE, 1985, "for contributions to VLSI technology."
- Member of the National Academy of Engineering (1989).
- National Achievement Award, Society of Women Engineers (1990).
- Presidential Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Board of Visitors 1996.
- Electronic Design Hall of Fame (2002).
- Engineer of the Year, National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals (2005).
- Named one of the "Stonewall 40 trans heroes" by the ICS and NGLTF (2009).
- Computer Pioneer Award, IEEE Computer Society (2009).