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#Techspiration – Frances Allen

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A pioneer in the world of computing, Frances “Fran” Allen was the first female IBM Fellow and the first woman to win the Turing Award. Her work on inter-procedural analysis and automatic parallelisation continues to this day to be at the leading edge of complier research.

A teacher, mentor, and scientist are just a few words used to describe Frances Allen and she remains an inspiration to many young people within the tech industry, particularly women.

Her passion and enthusiasm for computing was infectious and her work helped pave the way for women in the industry. It’s for this and many other reasons that we consider her a Claritas #Techspiration, lets take a look.

Frances Allen

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What makes her great?

Her innovation and determination are what we think make Frances Allen great. Her expertise regarding compilers for high-performance computing and her contributions to the computing field were ground-breaking. And the support she offered those she worked with, particularly women, was something she’ll most certainly be remembered for.

For many women in the tech industry, she was an inspiration, a mentor, who was proof that women could succeed in the industry.

Her publications on optimisation, intraprocedural analysis and automatic parallelisation have been instrumental to science and practice of computing and many of her developments paved the way for the new technology of today.

Why she’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas

Frances Allen is a great inspiration for us because of her pure intellect in the world of science and computing. She pioneered contributions to the theory and practice of optimising compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimising compilers and automatic parallel execution.

We admire her commitment to her team, as well as her drive to inspire and motivate young people, particularly women, to follow in her footsteps.

She dedicated her life working to advance the field of computing and pioneering new breakthroughs, and for this we are extremely grateful.

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