CEOHP collection summaries: Fran Allen

Head shot of Fran Allen

Location(s) where grew up: Upstate New York, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: bachelors degree from the New York State College for Teachers (now now State University of New York at Albany); Master's in mathematics from University of Michigan

Location(s) where employed: IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York

Career stage when interviewed: Late in career; taught briefly before working for IBM for 45 years

Areas of interest: Compilers, code optimization, parallelization

Highlights: First female IBM Fellow (1989); Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994); first woman to win the Turing Award (2006)

Note: this interview includes only a brief video, so is an exception to the rule for CEOHP.

Interviewed October 2, 2008 by Barbara Boucher Owens