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educator , Computer scientist

Martha Walton Evens, American computer scientist, educator. Recipient fellowship, Fulbright, University Paris, 1955-1956. Precinct captain Democratic party of Evanston, 1972-1975; board directors North Shore Village, since 2009. Member Association for Computational Linguistics (president 1984).

Background

Evens, Martha Walton was born on January 1, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Clarence Russell and Virgene (Dupka) Walton.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College, 1955. Postgraduate, University Paris, 1956. Master of Arts in Mathematics, Radcliffe College, 1957.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1975.

Career

Dr. Evens worked on the first spelling correction program at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the late 1950s. She shared the European Fellowship (with Nancy Degenhardt, Greek major). Evens was president of the classics club and played field hockey and basketball for the college.

Her first interaction with a computer was in the summer of 1957 when she received an M.A. in Mathematics from Radcliffe and was hired as a "Mathematician" by Oliver Selfridge at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. That computer was an IBM 709, which became a 7090 when Dr. Evens went back to Lincoln Laboratory in the summer of 1958. She did take a class in FORTRAN II using the first FORTRAN compiler shipped by IBM in 1958.

Dr. Evens completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 1975. During her career at IIT, Dr. Evens served as advisor or co-advisor of over 100 PhD students.

Works

Membership

Precinct captain Democratic party of Evanston, 1972-1975. Board directors North Shore Village, since 2009. Member Association for Computational Linguistics (president 1984).

Connections

Married Leonard Evens, September 13, 1958. Children: Sarah Helen, Samuel Robert, Anne Chaia.

father:
Clarence Russell Walton

mother:
Virgene (Dupka) Walton

spouse:
Leonard Evens

children:
Sarah Helen Evens

Samuel Robert Evens

Anne Chaia Evens