• 1942 September 16
    (b.) - ?


An American computer scientist, she is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Her chair was endowed by Pehong Chen, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Broadvision. Her research spans many aspects of programming language implementation, software tools, software development environments, and high-performance computing. As a participant in the Berkeley Unix project, she and her students built the Berkeley Pascal system and the widely used program profiling tool gprof. Gprof is a performance analysis tool for Unix applications. It uses a hybrid of instrumentation and sampling and was created as extended version of the older "prof" tool. Unlike prof, Gprof is capable of limited call graph collecting and printing. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she received her A.B. degree in Mathematics from Harvard in 1964; her M.S. degree in 1966; and her Ph.D. in 1971 both from Stanford University in Stanford, California. In 1971 she joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, rising from Assistant Professor through Associate Professor from 1976 to 1981; and then to full Professor in 1981. Her research projects include: Harmonia - A language-based framework for interactive software development and Titanium - A Java-based parallel programming language, compiler, and runtime system. She has published dozens of research articles in industry publications dating back to 1968, including the Journal of the ACM, and has lectured and published extensively on subjects in computer languages, compilers and programming environments. In 1994 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the IEEE. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2004, her paper on Gprof appeared on the list of the 50 most influential PLDI papers of all time as one of four papers of 1982 year. In 2009, she was awarded the IEEE John von Neumann Medal for "contributions to programming language design and implementation and for exemplary service to the discipline of computer science". On Sept. 29, 2011 it was announced that she had been chosen to receive the ACM-IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award on November 15, 2011 in Seattle at SC11, the International Conference On High-Performance Computing, "For foundational compilation algorithms and programming tools; research and discipline leadership; and exceptional mentoring."
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    1942 September 16
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    Co-builder of the Berkeley Pascal system and the widely used program profiling tool Gprof, a performance analysis tool for Unix applications
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