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    Computing Legend Passes Away at 86 After Barrier-Breaking Career in Computer Chip Design


    Computing Legend Passes Away at 86 After Groundbreaking Career

    Lynn Conway, a pioneering computer scientist who faced discrimination early in her career due to her gender identity but went on to make many seminal contributions to her field, recently passed away at the age of 86. Conway overcame immense challenges to become a leader in the development of modern computer chip design and supercomputers. However, it was not an easy journey for her.

    Early in her successful career working on supercomputers at IBM in the 1960s, Conway confided to her managers that she was transgender. Despite her impressive work, she was let go from the company. Starting over from scratch, she eventually landed positions at prestigious labs like Xerox PARC where she collaborated with others on innovations. Conway helped establish the techniques to design today's complex computer microchips through her work developing very large-scale integrated circuits.

    Though faced with discrimination, Conway lived most of her life privately due to safety and career concerns. She remained stealth about her background for decades. Later in life, Conway became an outspoken advocate for transgender rights after openly discussing her experiences. She worked to support and provide information to others in the transgender community.

    Conway's many contributions have had an enormous impact. She is recognized as playing a pivotal role in the development of still used around the today in personal computers and smartphones. Her groundbreaking work led to numerous honors and awards from top professional organizations. Conway inspired many as a true computing pioneer who overcame adversity through perseverance and brilliant innovation. She leaves behind a lasting technological legacy.

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