CEOHP collection summaries: Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall

Location(s) where grew up: East End of London, England, U.K.

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.Sc. Mathematics (1974) and Ph.D. Pure Mathematics (1977) from University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.; M.Sc. Computer Science from City University, London, U.K. (1986)

Location(s) where employed: Computer Science Lecturer and Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton; Senior Fellow at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA USA; Guest Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career; professor at University of Southampton and in-coming president of ACM

Areas of interest: Development of web technologies (particularly the Semantic Web); hypermedia systems and link services; advanced knowledge technologies; digital libraries; decentralized information systems; human computer interaction

Highlights: Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2009; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; President of the British Computer Society (2003-2004); Member of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology; Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council; Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005-2008); Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership (2006); Joint Founding Director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI); Vice-President and President of the ACM (2006-2010); Fellow of the Royal Society

Interviewed September 12, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear