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Dame Wendy Hall

Born October 25, 1952 (1952-10-25) (age 57)
West London
Residence New Forest [1]
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Multicosm Ltd., University of Southampton
Alma mater University of Southampton
Known for Web Science,
President of the ACM, 2008-
Notable awards CBE, DBE

Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FREng, FBCS, FIET, FCGI, FRS (born 25 October 1952) is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton.[2]

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Background

Wendy Hall was born in West London. She studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics at the University of Southampton. She returned in 1984 to join the newly formed computer science group there, working in multimedia and hypermedia.

Her team invented the Microcosm hypermedia system (before the World Wide Web existed), which was commercialized a start-up company, Multicosm Ltd.

Academia

Hall was appointed the University's first female professor of engineering in 1994. She then served as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2007.

Honours/fellowships

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 Birthday Honours, and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) the same year. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[3] [4] She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) (also serving as President) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). In 2002, she was appointed a Fellow of the City and Guilds (FCGI). Hall also has honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes University, Glamorgan University, Cardiff University, and the University of Pretoria.

On 15 May 2009, Wendy Hall was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).[5]

Career

In 2006, Hall is founding director, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel Weitzner, of the Web Science Research Initiative, to promote the discipline of Web Science and foster research collaboration between the University of Southampton and MIT. In 2008 Hall was elected as the President of the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing.

Personal life

Dame Wendy Hall is married to Dr Peter Chandler, a plasma physicist.

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