According to’s sister site, Electronics Weekly, 2009 has proven a record year for women at the Royal Academy of Engineering, with four receiving the honour of being elected Fellows of the Academy.

Among them was Sophie Wilson, who co-developed the ARM microprocessor, developing its instruction set. ARM is now the best selling 32-bit microprocessor in the world.

According to Acorn CEO, Hermann Hauser, quoted in the article: “While IBM spent months simulating their instruction sets on large mainframes, Sophie did it all in her head.”

Now that’s impressive!


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