Anita Borg

Computer Scientist

Anita Borg (January 17, 1949 – April 6, 2003) was an American computer scientist. She founded the Institute for Women and Technology (now the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. She was born Anita Borg Naffz in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Palatine, Illinois; Kaneohe, Hawaii; and Mukilteo, Washington. Anita Borg got her first programming job in 1969. Although she loved math while growing up, she did not originally intend to go into computer science and taught herself to program while working at a small insurance company. She earned a doctorate in computer science from New York University in 1981. Her dissertation was on operating system synchronization efficiency. After receiving her Ph.D., Anita Borg spent four years building a fault tolerant Unix-based operating system, first for Auragen Systems Corp. of New Jersey and then with Nixdorf Computer in Germany. In 1986, she began working for Digital Equipment Corporation’s Western Research Laboratory, where she spent 12 years. While at Digital Equipment, she developed and patented a method for generating complete address traces for analyzing and designing  ( Wikipedia article )


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Anita Borg Naffz
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Place of birth
Computer Scientist


Institution From To
New York University


Date of death
Cause of death
Brain tumor
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