Finding Ada 2010: Anita Borg

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Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.

Last year I blogged about Wendy Hall, professor of Computing Science at the University of Southampton.

This year, I have chosen Anita Borg (1949 - 2003), founder of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Borg received the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing for her work on behalf of women in the computing field in 1995.

She founded a mailing list for women in computing, called Systers. In 1994, she founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of women in computing in the world.

Google have created a memorial scholarship in her honour.

According to Girl Geeks,

Anita Borg was a member of the research staff at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. ... After receiving her Ph.D. from New York University, Borg worked for four years on a fault tolerant operating system for Auragen Systems Corporation in New Jersey and then with Nixdorf Computer in Germany. She spent 1986 to 1997 at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she developed and patented a performance analysis method for high-speed memory systems. During that time, she also developed Mecca, a system for communicating in virtual communities.

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