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Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen
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Born (1932-08-04)August 4, 1932
Died August 4, 2020(2020-08-04) (aged 88)
Schenectady, New York, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater

State University of New York at Albany,

University of Michigan
Known for High-performance computing, parallel computing, compiler organization, optimization
Awards Turing Award (2006)
Computer Pioneer Award (2004)
Computer History Museum Fellow (2000)
Scientific career
Fields Computer science
Institutions IBM, New York University

Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen (August 4, 1932 – August 4, 2020) was an American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. Her achievements include seminal work in compilers, code optimization, and parallelization. She also had a role in intelligence work on programming languages and security codes for the National Security Agency.

Allen was the first female IBM Fellow and in 2006 became the first woman to win the Turing Award.

Allen died on her 88th birthday on August 4, 2020 in Schenectady, New York from Alzheimer's disease-related problems.

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