The First Woman to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science From MIT

by Volker Weber

Irene Greif always thought she'd be a teacher. "For one thing," she told me, "I'd been told by my mother that it was good to be a teacher because you just worked the hours your kids were in school and you could come home." It had just always been the profession in the back of her mind, the default.

So then it must have been a bit of a shock when, after in 1975 becoming the first woman ever to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, Greif discovered that she didn't really enjoy teaching—she much preferred research.

Irene Greif recently retired from IBM. Most of the people in the field of collaboration know her.

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Wow, I heavily quoted some of her research papers she did with Lotus Research in my diploma thesis....

Ingo Seifert, 2014-03-08 23:04

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