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DBE for Professor Wendy Hall
Jan 14 2009
Professor Wendy Hall, CBE, has been appointed DBE in the New Year Honours List for services to science and technology. One of the world’s
leading computer scientists, Wendy Hall is a Professor at the University of Southampton and was Head of the University’s School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2007.
In 2003 Professor Hall was appointed President of the British Computer Society (BCS), the UK’s leading professional body for IT. In 2005 she
became the first woman to be elected Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in July 2008 she took up office
as President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the first person from outside North America to hold this role in the
organisation’s 60-year history.
She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and a founding member of the Scientific Council of the European
Research Council. In November 2008 she was one of 25 European figures honoured for their contribution to Information, Communication and
Technology by the EU. Among the many awards she has won is the Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership (2006).
She is known throughout the community for her energy and vision and, in addition to her large number of commitments in areas of policy
development, she continues to advance new research directions. In 2006, she was one of the founders of the Web Science Research Initiative,
along with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel Weitzner. They are
pioneering the new discipline of Web Science, to develop a better understanding of the architectural principles that led to the Web’s
growth and success, and ensure that these support the Web’s future development.
"I am thrilled to have been honoured in this way," said Professor Hall. "It is, of course, exciting for me personally and for my family, but it is also a tribute to all the people I have worked with in my career as a scientist and engineer both at Southampton and in the wider community."
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