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

Irene Greif, who in 1975 became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the research field of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). Recently retired from IBM, Greif now wants to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. As a researcher, Greif says she “moved from these very mathematically oriented computer science areas to much more people-oriented work–office automation and human-computer interface and so on.” In the 1980s, she launched the CSCW field, which she describes as “getting a set of people together across disciplines who would look at social systems and computer systems at the same time.” Working in office automation, Greif says she learned that making processes too invisible can damage the social aspects that help advance work. “And that was really the beginning of the notion of who needed to be talking to each other among researchers, in order to really get things right around using computers to help people work together,” Greif says. She believes female role models are beneficial to women entering STEM fields, and stresses that women should be visible at by-invitation conferences and panel sessions.

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