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Eugene Myers

About Eugene Myers

Known best for helping to develop the BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) for the National Center for Biotechnology Information, this computer expert, bioinformatician, and frequently cited researcher also served as vice president of the informatics research spanision of Celera Genomics.

Early life

He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and went on to receive his PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado.


He was a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Paris Kanellakis Award.

Family of Eugene Myers

A native of Boise, Idaho, he later taught at both the University of Arizona and the University of California, Berkeley.

Close associates of Eugene Myers

In 2012, he was tasked with directing a systems biology program at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.

Charles E Leiserson

About Charles E Leiserson

Computer scientist who specializes in parallel computing and distributed computing. He was Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cilk Arts, Inc.

Early life

He received his education from Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University.


He cowrote the standard algorithms textbook Introduction to Algorithms.

Family of Charles E Leiserson

He was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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He and writer Michael Chabon both attended Carnegie Mellon University.

Grace Hopper

About Grace Hopper

Computer scientist who developed a compiler system for computer programs and conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, which was finished in 1944.

Early life

She attended Vassar College, where she received a leave of absence from before being sworn into the United States Navy Reserve during World War II.


She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches and the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her.

Family of Grace Hopper

She married NYU professor Vincent Foster Hopper in 1930.

Close associates of Grace Hopper

She was influenced by Barbara McClintock.

Anita Borg

About Anita Borg

Known for her work in the field of computer science, she encouraged the careers of other female computer scientists by founding the Institute for Women and Technology and by starting the Systers listserve for female programmers.

Early life

In the early 1980s, she graduated from New York University with a Ph.D. in Computer Science.


Her numerous scientific honors include the Association for Women in Computing s prestigious Augusta Ada Lovelace Award, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, and the Heinz Award.

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Raised in Illinois, Hawaii, and Washington, she later lived in New York, California, and Germany. She died of a brain tumor at the age of fifty-four.

Close associates of Anita Borg

She established a conference series honoring fellow female computer scientist Grace Hopper, called The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Annie Easley

About Annie Easley

One of the developers of the computer code for NASA s Centaur rocket stage, she was among the first African-American computer and rocket scientists.

Early life

After studying at New Orleans Xavier University and pursuing a career as a pharmacist, she earned a bachelor s degree in mathematics from Cleveland State University.


During the Jim Crow era, she worked to ensure that her fellow African-American Alabamans were not disenfranchised, accomplishing her goal by helping prospective voters prepare for the literacy test portion of their applications.

Family of Annie Easley

The daughter of Willie Sims and Bud McCrory, she grew up in pre-Civil Rights Movement Birmingham, Alabama, and later settled in Cleveland, Ohio.

Close associates of Annie Easley

She and Katherine Johnson were both pioneering African-American, female NASA scientists.

Charles Bachman

About Charles Bachman

Computer scientist who received an ACM Turing Award in 1973 for his contributions in database technology. He is best known for his early work with database management systems. 

Early life

He served in WWII and attended the University of Pennsylvania after being discharged from the Army.


He worked at General Electric in 1960 where he developed the Integrated Data Store. 

Family of Charles Bachman

His father Charlie was a football coach at Kansas State College. 

Close associates of Charles Bachman

He was influenced by Stephen Hawking.