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The legacy of Lynn Conway, chip design pioneer and transgender rights advocate

Conway, professor emerita of electrical engineering and computer science, has died.

Cybernet CTO Charles Cohen works to shape the future of human-computer interaction, robotics, and artificial intelligence

Cohen (MS PhD EE ’91 ’96) talks about his career path, turning failure into opportunity, and the best thing his advisor Prof. Lynn Conway ever taught him.
May 3, 2023

2023 Inductee Lynn Conway: Leading a Revolution in Microelectronics

Lynn Conway has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Conway transformed the global microelectronics industry when she co-invented VLSI, or Very Large-Scale Integration. Her revolutionary work has allowed small teams of individuals to design powerful chips.

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway to be inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

She is recognized for her role in transforming the global microelectronics industry with the invention of VLSI, or Very Large-Scale Integration.
Michigan Daily: November 29, 2020

IBM fired U-M professor Lynn Conway for coming out as trans in 1968. 52 years later, the company apologized.

“The thing is, this story is not entirely about me, or even about IBM,” Conway said. “We’re the messengers. Our story is a lesson: you can never take for granted that you really know what you’re doing now and how it will affect the future. It’s a new kind of social awareness.”
New York Times: November 22, 2020

52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender Woman

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.
Forbes: November 20, 2020

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender…52 Years Later

IBM is apologizing to Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, for firing her 52 years ago on account of her being transgender.

When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time.

Lynn Conway encourages graduates to embrace coming social change

Professor emerita and transgender advocate Lynn Conway delivered the 2018 Winter Commencement address to U-M graduates.

Computing pioneer to receive honorary U-M doctorate

Lynn Conway is a leader in the microchip design revolution that made cell phones and laptops possible, and an internationally-recognized advocate for transgender rights.

Lynn Conway Receives 2015 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal

The James Clerk Maxwell Medal is one of the highest awards presented by IEEE.

Thank Lynn Conway for your cell phone

Conway will be named a fellow at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Workshop to chart the future of nano and micro manufacturing

“This workshop is a first step toward developing a roadmap for practical innovations in nano/micro-manufacturing.”

Solid-State Circuits publishes special issue with Lynn Conway’s memoir of the VLSI revolution

The issue features Prof. Conway’s 24-page memoir about the VLSI revolution and related articles by Conway’s colleagues.

Lynn Conway honored with Computer Pioneer Award by IEEE Computer Society

The award is presented to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the computer field was made at least fifteen years earlier.