Ashawna Hailey

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Ashawna Hailey
Born(1949-10-08)October 8, 1949
DiedOctober 14, 2011(2011-10-14) (aged 62)
Alma materTexas Tech University
Occupationtechnologist, philanthropist
ChildrenNeal Hailey, Nora Hailey

Ashawna Hailey (October 8, 1949 – October 14, 2011) was among the creators of the HSPICE program (a commercialized version of SPICE), which many electronic design companies worldwide use to simulate the designed electronic circuits.[2][3] Her company, Meta-Software, which was behind the commercialization of SPICE, produced compound annual growth rate in excess of 25–30 percent every year for 18 years, and had eventually become part of Synopsys, which calls HSPICE "the 'gold standard' for accurate circuit simulation".[3][4][5] In 1973 she was part of the team who created Advanced Micro Devices' first microprocessor, the Am9080, by reverse-engineering Intel 8080, and in 1974, AMD's first nonvolatile memory, the 2702 2048-bit EPROM.[3] Earlier, she, with others, built the launch sequencer for the Sprint Anti-Ballistic Missile System for Martin Marietta.[6]

She attended Texas Tech University along with her twin brother, Kim Hailey, starting her first company while still in college.[3]

She is a trans woman. After retiring from her career in technology she began transitioning, changing her name to Ashawna and undergoing sex reassignment therapy.[citation needed]

As a philanthropist, Hailey sought to reform government policies on recreational drugs. During her life she donated to the ACLU Foundation, Code Pink, the Drug Policy Alliance, Feeding America,[6] Rainforest Action Network, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,[7] the Marijuana Policy Project, Erowid,[8] the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS),[9] and served on the board of MAPS.[10] After her death she left a US$10-Million bequest shared between MAPS, the ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank.[11] In what its board considered a fitting tribute to Hailey, the Marijuana Policy Project dedicated a million dollars of her bequest to the initiative that for the first time enabled voters to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado.[11]


  1. ^ "Obituaries 2011:Shawn Hailey - Ashawna". Beddingfield Funeral Service. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  2. ^ a b "Ashawna Hailey (1949–2011)". San Jose Mercury News.
  3. ^ a b c d "Interview with Shawn and Kim Hailey". Stanford University Libraries. December 29, 1997. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved 2011-10-19. "Video from which transcript was taken". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  4. ^ Synopsys filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission: Form 8K/A of July 26, 2002 Archived June 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Synopsis product page for HSPICE". Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  6. ^ a b "Shawn Hailey's Online Memorial". Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  7. ^ "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's 2010 Annual Report". Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  8. ^ "Erowid Contributors 2011". The Erowid Center. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  9. ^ "MAPS Receives 5-year, $150,000 a Year Pledge from Ashawna Hailey, Totaling $750,000!". 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  10. ^ "Treating war veterans and victims of terror and sexual abuse" (PDF). Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. February 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  11. ^ a b "$10-Million Bequest Shared by Groups Including Association for Psychedelic Studies". Retrieved 2012-10-10.