University of Southampton
Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since.
She has achieved many professional awards and other marks of recognition, including a damehood, in 2009. She holds and has held a number of prestigious leadership roles, including President of the Association of Computing Machinery and Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
She is particularly prominent as a strong and vocal advocate for women’s opportunities in Science, Engineering and Technology and for the need to ensure that girls are not excluded from participation in science and engineering careers. In her research and her public life she has sought to ensure that women are equal beneficiaries of technological advance, and her example of achievement and dedication has made her a distinguished role model for women.
She was born in London and was the first of her family (originally from the ‘east end’) to go to University. Married to Peter Chandler, a plasma physicist and independent consultant, she now lives on the edge of the New Forest. She met Peter while studying for her PhD in Pure Mathematics at Southampton. They both love travel and fit as many holidays as possible into their hectic schedules. She lists her main hobby as shopping!