Fran Allen Receives Turing Award: First Woman So Honored

The ACM honored Frances Allen with the Turing Award today. Allen started her career teaching FORTRAN to scientists in the late 50s, wrote a classic paper called Program Optimization in the mid-60s, and did major foundational work on optimizing transformations. She is the first woman to receive the Turing Award (Grace Hopper didn't get a Turing Award?!?!?).