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Dr. Adele Goldberg Honored at Annual Women in Technology International Hall of Fame Awards

On September 13, 2010, an awards banquet and induction ceremony was held by Women In Technology International (WITI) during their three day Annual WITI Women and Technology Summit in San Jose, California. The 15th Annual WITI Hall of Fame Awards, sponsored by the WITI Foundation, are considered one of the most prestigious honors for women in science and technology.

“Historically, too many notable achievements by women have gone unrecognized. The WITI Hall of Fame Awards was founded to provide a platform to recognize women whose contributions to technology and science and commitment to advancing women can be celebrated and recorded. WITI Hall of Fame winners stand as role models to inspire future generations to pursue groundbreaking solutions in technology and science,” says Carolyn Leighton, WITI Founder and Chairwoman.

The 2010 WITI Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Induction ceremony will mark Women In Technology International’s 15th year of honoring women for significant contribution to science and technology. The women chosen for induction lead exceptional careers in their respective fields, making incredible contributions to society while also mentoring, inspiring and empowering other women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology.

Five honorees were nominated and recognized during this ceremony including Sandy Carter of IBM, Dr. Ruth David of Analytic Services, Inc., Dr. Susie Wee of Hewlett Packard, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Smalltalk’s own Dr. Adele Goldberg. 

Dr. Goldberg was a key participant in the invention of personal computing and pervasive networking at Xerox PARC, being one of the designers of the first completely object-oriented programming language and environment. As founding Chairman and CEO of ParcPlace Systems, Inc., she led the effort to commercialize Smalltalk. Dr. Goldberg was president of the ACM from 1984 to 1986, and she won the 1987 ACM Software Systems Award with Alan Kay and Dan Ingalls. She has designed systems to author and deliver online courses as part of an educational company formed to enhance both equity and high achievement in secondary school math and science, to support collaboration among international neuroscientists and mental health experts, and to enhance strategic management of pharmaceutical drug development teams. She is an advisor to ViewPoints Research Institute and a long time Board Member of the SF Exploratorium.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Goldberg in her prestigious award. 

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