Dame-Wendy-Hall-290px_290X230Solving the gender imbalance in the IT sector is not just an issue for women to sort out, but men too, according to Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, who has been named Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014.

Now in its third year, the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT awards focus on role models and discuss the vital part that female IT leaders will play in making a difference to the future of IT.

Hall was unveiled as the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014 at an event in London on 3 July, which featured talks from male and female industry experts.

Long list of achievements

Hall topped the list due to her many achievements. She started out by studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics at the University of Southampton. She returned to the university in 1984 to join a newly created computer science group. There her team invented the Microcosm hypermedia system.

In 1994, she was appointed as the university’s first female professor of engineering. She then served as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2007.

In 2000, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, in addition to becoming a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).

Along with Tim Berners-Lee, Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel Weitzner, she founded the Web Science Research Initiative, which was launched in 2006.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year’s Honours.


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