Mary Kenneth Keller
Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (1914?–1985) was the first American to earn a PhD in Computer Science, which she earned in 1965 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her thesis was titled "Inductive Inference on Computer Generated Patterns." 
She took her vows with the Sisters of Charity in 1940. Later she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Mathematics and Physics from DePaul University. She also studied at Dartmouth College, which allowed her to work in the computer science center (although it was usually reserved for men) where she helped develop the computer language BASIC.
In 1965, after earning her PhD, Keller founded the computer science department at Clarke College in Iowa, which she directed for twenty years. Clarke College now has the Keller Computer Center and Information Services, which is named after her and which provides computing and telecommunication support to Clarke College students, faculty members, and staff. The college has also established the Mary Kenneth Keller Computer Science Scholarship in her honor.
Keller wrote four books about computer science.
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- "UW-Madison Computer Science Ph.D.s Awarded, May 1965 - August 1970". Retrieved 2010-11-08. PhDs granted at UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department.
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