Nell B. Dale

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Nell B. Dale
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions University of Texas at Austin
Alma mater

University of Houston

University of Texas at Austin
Known for computer science education
Notable awards ACM Fellow (2009)
ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (2001)

Nell B. Dale is an American Computer Scientist noted for her work in computer science education and computer science introductory programming textbooks. She is also noted for her leadership in the SIGCSE community. She was on the SIGCSE Board from 1981–85, and from 1987–93, and was Chair of SIGCSE from 1991-93. She was Chair of the SIGCSE Symposium in 1991 and Co-Chair of the SIGCSE Symposium in 2000.


Dale received a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Houston in 1960. She received a M.A. in Mathematics from University of Texas at Austin in 1964 and a Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Texas in Austin in 1972.

She joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin as an Instructor in 1975, then a Lecturer in 1977, a Senior Lecturer in 1981, and retired in 2000.

Dale wrote 16 textbooks on Pascal, C++, Visual Basic, Java and Ada. One of her books was Computer Science Illuminated in its 5th Edition in 2012 (with John Lewis).[1]


In the year 2009[2] she was named an ACM Fellow.

Her other notable awards include:

  • ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Educator Award (2001)[3]
  • IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Award (2013)[4]
  • SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (1996)[5]


  1. ^ Nell Dale and John Lewis (2012). Computer Science Illuminated, 5th Edition. Jones and Bartlett. ISBN 978-1449672843. 
  2. ^ Association for Computing Machinery (December 1, 2009). "ACM Names 47 Fellows for Innovations in Computing, Information Technology". ACM. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Association for Computing Machinery (2013-08-17). "ACM Awards - Karl V. Karlstrom Educator Award". ACM. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  4. ^ IEEE (2013-08-17). "IEEE Computer Society Awards Education Awards Taylor Booth Past Recipients Nell B. Dale". IEEE. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  5. ^ Association for Computing Machinery SIGCSE (2013-08-17). "SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution Award". ACM SIGCSE. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

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