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Computer scientist

Frances Elizabeth Allen, American Computer scientist. International Business Machines Corporation Corporation fellow, 1989. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Association Computing Machinery (national lecturer 1972-1973); member National Academy of Engineering, Programming Sys. and Langs. (Paper award1976).


Allen, Frances Elizabeth was born on August 4, 1932 in Peru, New York, United States. Daughter of John Abram and Ruth Genevieve (Downs) Allen.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Albany State Teachers College (now State University of New York), Albany, 1954. Master of Arts in Mathematics, University Michigan, 1957. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Alberta, 1991.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Pace University, 1999. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2004. Doctor of Science, University Michigan, 2008.

Doctor of Science, University Notre Dame, 2008.


With International Business Machines Corporation Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, 1957—2002, senior technical advisor to research vice president for solutions, applications, and services. Adjunct associate professor New York University, 1970-1973. Member computer and information science and engineering science advisory board National Science Foundation, 1972-1975, consultant, 1975-1978.

Lecturer Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1973, 77. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers distinguished visitor, 1973-1974. Consultant professor Stanford University, 1977-1978.

Founder Parallel TRANslation Group (PTRAN). Chancellor's distinguished visiting lecturer and Mackay lecturer, University California, Berkeley, 1988-1989. Regents lecturer, University California San Diego, 1997.

Member Stretch/HARVEST project. President International Business Machines Corporation Academy Technology, 1995. Member board Computer Science and Telecommunications.


  • Achievements include being the pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Association Computing Machinery (national lecturer 1972-1973, member job migration task force, member Special Interest Group on Programming Language (SIGPLAN), member editorial board, Paper award, 1976, SIGPLAN's Programming Languages Achievement award, 2006 A.M. Turing award (first and only woman to receive honor). Member National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Computing Research Association (board member), American Philosophical Society, American Alpine Club, Alpine Club Canada.


  • Other Interests



John Abram Allen

Ruth Genevieve (Downs) Allen