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Published on Jul 30, 2010
The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Computer Pioneer Award to Lynn Conway for her contributions to superscalar architecture, multiple-issue dynamic instruction scheduling, and simplified VLSI design methods. The Computer Pioneer Award honors individuals whose contributions to the development of the computer field occur at least 15 years earlier. Professor Conway accepted her award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.
Lynn Conway is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, at the University of Michigan. At IBM, she made foundational contributions to superscalar computer architecture in the mid-1960s, including the innovation of multiple-issue dynamic instruction scheduling (DIS). At Xerox PARC, Conway co-authored the famous "Mead-Conway" text and launched a world-wide revolution in VLSI system design in the late-1970s.