Wendy Hall

Dame Wendy Hall ( born 1952 in London) is a British computer scientist. She is a professor at the University of Southampton and for the period 2008-2010 President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM ).


Hall was born in West London. She studied mathematics at the University of Southampton. In 1984 she returned to this university and became a member of a group of computer scientists. Her research topic was the Multimedia and Hypermedia. The result was - before the development of the World Wide Web (WWW) - the hypermedia system Microcosm. In 1994 she was appointed the first professor in engineering at the university. From 2002 to 2007 she headed the School of Electronics and Computer Science.

In 2008 she was elected president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM ) for the period 2008-2010. She is the first woman at the helm of the ACM, and the first non -US person.

Wendy Hall is next to Tim Berners -Lee Director of the Web Science Research Initiative Webwissenschaft Initiative ( WSRI ).


  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE ), 2000
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering ( FREng ), 2000
  • Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE ), 2009
  • Fellow of the British Computer Society ( FBCs )
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Fellow of the City and Guilds ( FCGI ).
  • Honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff University and University of Pretoria.