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Prof. Lynn Conway Ph.D.


Self Description

August 2007: "What no one knew till recently is that Lynn also did earlier pioneering research at IBM in the 1960's. Fresh out of grad school, she invented a powerful method for issuing multiple out-of-order instructions per machine cycle in supercomputers. By solving this fundamental computer architecture problem way back in 1965, she made possible the creation of the first true superscalar computer, and participated in its design at IBM. Lynn called her invention dynamic instruction scheduling (DIS)....With Dr. Benjamin's help, Lynn began medical treatments in 1967. She became one of the very early transsexual women to undergo hormonal and surgical sex reassignment to have her body completely changed from that of a boy into that of a woman. Sadly, just before Lynn underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1968, she was fired by IBM for being transsexual and lost all connections to her important work there."

http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/LynnsStory.html

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2007: "But days after the book appeared, Lynn Conway, a prominent computer scientist at the University of Michigan, sent out an e-mail message comparing Dr. Bailey’s views to Nazi propaganda. She and other transgender women found the tone of the book abusive, and the theory of motivation it presented to be a recipe for further discrimination."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/21/health/psychology/21gender.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Columbia University Organization Aug 24, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Organization Aug 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) IBM Corporation (International Business Machines) Organization Aug 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Memorex Products Organization Aug 24, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) PARC (Palo Alto Research Center, Inc.) Organization Aug 24, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Organization Aug 24, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Prof. J. Michael Bailey Person Aug 24, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Aug 21, 2007 Criticism of a Gender Theory, and a Scientist Under Siege

QUOTE: In his book, [J. Michael Bailey] argued that some people born male who want to cross genders are driven primarily by an erotic fascination with themselves as women… scientists praised the book as a compelling explanation of the science… [but] transgender women found the tone of the book abusive…

New York Times