Sophie Wilson


Sophie Wilson

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Born
Roger Wilson

1957 (age 64–65)[1]
Leeds, Yorkshire, England[2]
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Sophie Mary Wilson CBE FRS FREng DistFBCS[5][4] (born June 1957) is an English computer scientist, who helped design the BBC Micro and ARM architecture.

Wilson first designed a microcomputer during a break from studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge. She subsequently joined Acorn Computers and was instrumental in designing the BBC Micro, including the BBC BASIC programming language whose development she led for the next 15 years. She first began designing the ARM reduced instruction set computer (RISC) in 1983, which entered production two years later. It became popular in embedded systems and is now the most widely used processor architecture in smartphones. Wilson is currently a director at the technology conglomerate Broadcom Inc.[6][7] In 2011, she was listed in Maximum PC as number 8 in an article titled "The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History".[8] She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2019.

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  2. ^ "Oral History of Sophie Wilson 2012 Computer History Museum Fellow" (PDF). Archive.computerhistory.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sophie [email protected]". Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Sophie Wilson". BCS. 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  5. ^ "List of Fellows". Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
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  8. ^ Bouman, Amber (1 March 2011). "The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History". Maximum PC. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2012.

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