Top 5 Greatest Female Programmers of All Time

POSTED: March 8, 2019 1:56 pm, By

Today is the International Women’s Day and we wanted to publish a post about the successful female programmers who made a difference in the software development industry.

Female programmers are often seen out of the spotlight and their contribution is less known to the world. Today we’ve decided to bring a list of top 7 female programmers whose contribution played a huge role in the field of computer science and information technology.

1. Grace Hopper

Grace Murray Hopper (Dec 9, 1906 – Jan 1, 1992) was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer. She invented the first compiler for a computer programming language and the one of those who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. Her ideas influenced the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages.  She introduced the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches and programming errors. She is also remembered as “Amazing Grace”.

2. Lois Haibt

Lois Mitchell Haibt (born 1934) is an American computer scientist. She was one of the ten-person team at IBM that developed FORTRAN, the first successful high-level programming language. During the development of FORTRAN, She analyzed the flow of programs produced by other sections of the compiler. She also created the first syntactic analyzer of arithmetic expressions. Haibt planned and programmed the entire section.

3. Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov (Born 7 Nov 1939) is one of the first women to be granted a doctorate in computer science in the United States and is a Turing Award winner who developed the Liskov substitution principle.  Liskov has led many significant projects, including the Venus operating system, a small, low-cost and interactive timesharing system; the design and implementation of CLU.

4. Frances Elizabeth Allen

Frances Elizabeth Allen (born Aug 4, 1932) is an American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. Allen was the first female 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.

5. Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Heafield Hamilton (born Aug17, 1936) is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed onboard flight software for the Apollo space program. Her team was responsible for developing in-flight software for Apollo space program which included algorithms designed by various senior scientists for the Apollo command module, lunar lander, and the subsequent Skylab.

She was the one who made up the term “software engineering” during the Apollo space mission days.

The Women impact in the software industry is vital and has lead to some great developments in the past. We at Vizah GmbH have some great talented software developer ladies in our team, which with their ideas, and skills, give a great help on our ind

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