Wendy Hall

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Dame Wendy Hall
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Hall in 2011
Wendy Hall

(1952-10-25) 25 October 1952 (age 66)[1]
ResidenceNew Forest[2]
Alma mater
Known for
Peter E. Chandler (m. 1980)
Scientific career
ThesisAutomorphisms and coverings of Klein surfaces (1977)
Doctoral advisorDavid Singerman[8]

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng (born 25 October 1952) is a British computer scientist. She is Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

Early life and education[edit]

Wendy Hall was born in west London and educated at Ealing Grammar School for Girls. She studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics at the University of Southampton. She completed her Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1974, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1977.[1] Her doctoral thesis was titled Automorphisms and coverings of Klein surfaces.[10] She later completed a Master of Science degree in Computing at City University London.[1][7]


Hall returned to the University of Southampton in 1984 to join the newly formed computer science group there, working in multimedia and hypermedia.[11] Her team invented the Microcosm hypermedia system[12] (before the World Wide Web existed), which was commercialised as a start-up company, Multicosm Ltd.[13]

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.[14]

In 2006, Hall became a founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative (now called the Web Science Trust), along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Sir Nigel Shadbolt[15] and Daniel Weitzner, in order to promote the discipline of Web Science and foster research collaboration between the University of Southampton and MIT.[citation needed]

Hall was President of the British Computer Society from 2003-04[6][16][17] and of the Association for Computing Machinery from 2008-10.[18] Since 2014, she has served as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[19]

In 2017, Hall was appointed Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton[20]

Awards and honours[edit]

Hall was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 Birthday Honours. She was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[21][22][23]

Hall also has honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes University, Glamorgan University, Cardiff University, and the University of Pretoria.[24]

In 2000, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).[5] 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 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2009.[25]

Her nomination for the Royal Society reads:

Distinguished for her contribution to understanding the interactions of humans with large scale multimedia information systems. Her early ideas which developed in parallel with development of the world wide web, www, are now forming key elements of subsequent development into the Semantic Web. Her most recent work focuses on the development of a new field of Web Science focused on understanding and exploring the various influences, science, commerce, public, politics which drive the evolution of the www. Her research is aimed at both understanding the evolution of the web and engineering its future.[4]

In 2006, she was the winner of the ABIE Award for Technical Leadership from the Anita Borg Institute.[26][27]

In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the ACM "for contributions to the semantic web[28] and web science[29] and for service to ACM and the international computing community."[30] In 2016, she was named a Kluge Chair in Technology and society at the Library of Congress.[31] She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering,[32] and a member of the Academia Europaea.[33]

She was one of the 30 women identified in the BCS Women in IT Campaign in 2014[34] and was featured in the e-book of these 30 women in IT, "Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation" produced by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as a free download e-book, from various sources.[35]

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.[36] In her Desert Island Discs in 2014, on the same radio channel, she chose Wikipedia as the book she would most like if abandoned on a desert island.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dame Wendy Hall is married to Dr Peter Chandler, a plasma physicist.[1][7]


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  2. ^ Jane Morgan. "Professor Wendy Hall". soton.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b Wendy Hall interviewed by Jim Al-Khalili, 8 October 2013, The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4
  4. ^ a b "EC/2009/15: Hall, Wendy". London, UK: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "List of Fellows".
  6. ^ a b Wendy Hall publications indexed by Google Scholar
  7. ^ a b c d Wendy Hall interviewed by Kirsty Young, 14 July 2014, BBC Desert Island Discs The presenter Kirsty Young allowed her to have a copy of Wikipedia but, to be within the rules, it had to be a paper based version
  8. ^ Wendy Hall at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  9. ^ "Wendy Hall". The Life Scientific. 8 October 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ Hall, Wendy (1977). Automorphisms and coverings of Klein surfaces (PhD thesis). University of Southampton.
  11. ^ "Professor Wendy Hall - Official site". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  12. ^ Hall, W.; Hill, G.; Davis, H. (1993). "The microcosm link service". Proceedings of the fifth ACM conference on Hypertext - HYPERTEXT '93. pp. 256–59. doi:10.1145/168750.168842. ISBN 978-0897916240.
  13. ^ Biever, Celeste (25 November 2006). "It's a woman's world wide web". New Scientist.
  14. ^ Atzenbeck, C. (2008). "Interview with Wendy Hall". ACM SIGWEB Newsletter. 2007: 1. doi:10.1145/1350502.1350503.
  15. ^ 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. Bibcode:2009RSPTA.367..991H. doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0252. PMID 19087929.
  16. ^ "BCS Past Presidents. A list of BCS Past Presidents from 1957 onwards". Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  17. ^ Wendy Hall's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  18. ^ "Past Presidents". acm.org. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Global Commission on Internet Governance". OurInternet. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Dame Wendy Hall appointed Regius Professor in Computer Science". University of Southampton News. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Pioneer of cyberspace honoured". BBC News Online. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  22. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 6.
  23. ^ Anthea Lipsett. "Visionary computer scientist becomes a dame". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  24. ^ "Professor Wendy Hall - Latest News". University of Southampton, Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  25. ^ Prof Dame Wendy Hall-Managing Director, webscience.org; accessed 7 April 2016.
  26. ^ "Wendy Hall - AnitaB.org". AnitaB.org. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Abie Awards - AnitaB.org". AnitaB.org. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  28. ^ Shadbolt, Nigel; Berners-Lee, Tim; Hall, Wendy (2006). "The Semantic Web Revisited" (PDF). IEEE Intelligent Systems. 21 (3): 96–101. doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.62.
  29. ^ Berners-Lee, T.; Hall, W.; Hendler, J.; Shadbolt, N.; Weitzner, D. (2006). "Computer Science: Enhanced: Creating a Science of the Web". Science. 313 (5788): 769–71. doi:10.1126/science.1126902. PMID 16902115.
  30. ^ ACM Names 41 Fellows from World's Leading Institutions: Many Innovations Made in Areas Critical to Global Competitiveness, ACM.org, 7 December 2010; retrieved 20 November 2011.
  31. ^ Wendy Hall Named Kluge Chair, retrieved 23 May 2017
  32. ^ "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  33. ^ Member profile: Wendy Hall, Academia Europaea, retrieved 18 September 2015
  34. ^ "Professor Dame Wendy Hall". British Computer Society. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  35. ^ Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation (PDF). British Computer Society. 1 October 2014. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-78017-287-3. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  36. ^ "Woman's Hour - The Power List 2013 - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2018.