Wendy Hall

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Dame Wendy Hall
Wendy hall 2011.jpg
Born Wendy Hall
(1952-10-25) 25 October 1952 (age 61)[1]
Residence New Forest[2]
Fields Computer Science
Alma mater
Thesis Automorphisms and coverings of Klein surfaces (1977)
Doctoral advisor David Singerman[4]
Known for
Notable awards DBE
Spouse Peter E. Chandler[1][3]
from the BBC programme The Life Scientific, 8 October 2013[5]

Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FREng, FRS (born 25 October 1952) is the Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, England.


Wendy Hall was born in west London. She studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics at the University of Southampton. She returned in 1984 to join the newly formed computer science group there, working in multimedia and hypermedia.[6] Her team invented the Microcosm hypermedia system[7] (before the World Wide Web existed), which was commercialised a start-up company, Multicosm Ltd.[8]


Hall was appointed the University's first female professor of engineering in 1994. She then served as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002–07.[9]


She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 Birthday Honours, and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) the same year. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[10][11][12] She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) (also serving as President) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). In 2002, she was appointed a Fellow of the City and Guilds (FCGI). Hall also has honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes University,[13] Glamorgan University, Cardiff University, and the University of Pretoria.[14]

On 15 May 2009, Wendy Hall was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).[15] In 2010 she was named a Fellow of the ACM "for contributions to the semantic web[16] and web science[17] and for service to ACM and the international computing community."[18]

She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[19]

In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[20]


In 2006, Hall became a founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative, along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Sir Nigel Shadbolt[21] and Daniel Weitzner, in order to promote the discipline of Web Science and foster research collaboration between the University of Southampton and MIT. Hall was President of the British Computer Society from 2003 to 2004.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Dame Wendy is married to Dr Peter Chandler, a plasma physicist.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "HALL, Dame Wendy, (Dame Wendy Chandler)". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Jane Morgan. "Professor Wendy Hall". users.ecs.soton.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c3cmk
  4. ^ Wendy Hall at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ "Wendy Hall". The Life Scientific. 8 October 2013. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c3cmk. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  6. ^ http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/wh/ Wendy Hall homepage
  7. ^ Hall, W.; Hill, G.; Davis, H. (1993). "The microcosm link service". Proceedings of the fifth ACM conference on Hypertext - HYPERTEXT '93. pp. 256–259. doi:10.1145/168750.168842. ISBN 0897916247.  edit
  8. ^ Biever, Celeste (25 November 2006). "It's a woman's world wide web". New Scientist. 
  9. ^ Atzenbeck, C. (2008). "Interview with Wendy Hall". ACM SIGWEB Newsletter 2007: 1. doi:10.1145/1350502.1350503.  edit
  10. ^ "Pioneer of cyberspace honoured". BBC News Online. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 6. 31 December 2008.
  12. ^ Anthea Lipsett (31 December 2008). "Visionary computer scientist becomes a dame". www.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  13. ^ http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about/honorary/profiles/wendy_hall
  14. ^ http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/wh/news3.php
  15. ^ Professor Dame Wendy Hall elected Fellow of the Royal Society, Web Science Research Institute, 2009.
  16. ^ Shadbolt, Nigel; Berners-Lee, Tim; Hall, Wendy (2006). "The Semantic Web Revisited". IEEE Intelligent Systems 21 (3): 96–101. doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.62.  edit
  17. ^ Berners-Lee, T.; Hall, W.; Hendler, J.; Shadbolt, N.; Weitzner, D. (2006). "Computer Science: Enhanced: Creating a Science of the Web". Science 313 (5788): 769–771. doi:10.1126/science.1126902. PMID 16902115.  edit
  18. ^ ACM Names 41 Fellows from World's Leading Institutions: Many Innovations Made in Areas Critical to Global Competitiveness, ACM, 7 December 2010, retrieved 2011-11-20.
  19. ^ "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  20. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  21. ^ Hall, W.; De Roure, D.; Shadbolt, N. (2009). "The evolution of the Web and implications for eResearch". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 367 (1890): 991–1001. doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0252. PMID 19087929.  edit
  22. ^ "BCS Past Presidents. A list of BCS Past Presidents from 1957 onwards". Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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