Fran Allen has made outstanding contributions to the field of programming languages for almost forty years, and her work has significantly influenced the wider computer science community.
Ms. Allen is a pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers. Her achievements include seminal work in compilers, code optimization, and parallelization. In the early 1980s, she formed the Parallel TRANslation (PTRAN) group to study the issues involved in compiling for parallel machines. The group was considered one of the top research groups in the world working with parallelization issues. Her work on these projects culminated in algorithms and technologies that form the basis for the theory of program optimization and are widely used in today's commercial compilers throughout the industry.
Ms. Allen's influence on the IBM community was recognized by her appointment as an IBM fellow, the first woman to receive this recognition. She was also president of the IBM Academy of Technology. The Academy plays an important role in the corporation by providing technical leadership, advancing the understanding of key technical areas and fostering communications among technical professionals.
"Fran Allen is truly one of the pioneers in the computer industry," said Paul Horn, IBM senior vice president and director of the research division. "We are delighted that she is being recognized by her peers throughout the industry. She is an excellent role model for young women wishing to excel in the computer industry."