Wendy Hall
#6099 Overall Influence

Wendy Hall

British computer scientist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Hall is Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the UK. She received her bachelor’s and Ph.D. in Mathematics at Southampton. She also has a master’s degree in Computing at City University in London.

Hall has the distinction of developing a working hypertext system before the World Wide Web existed. The team she led created the powerful Microcosm hypermedia system, which was later used commercially with the start-up Multicosm, LTD. For her groundbreaking work, Hall became the first female professor at Southampton. She was also Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, from 2002 to 2007.

Hall worked with founder of the Web Tim Berners-Lee as founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI). Her work at WSRI helped establish Web Science, the study of behavior and interaction on large-scale networks like the World Wide Web.

Hall’s work has been recognized with prestigious positions as President of the British Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Along with Tim Berners-Lee, she is truly one of the pioneers of our modern Web, and its many areas of interest and concern for the field of computer science.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of Southampton
University of Southampton

Research university located in Southampton, United Kingdom

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How’s this person influential?
#74 World Rank
Computer Science
#4646 World Rank