Celebrating Sophie Wilson's ARMs

by Ed Sawicki

Sophie Wilson
Sophie Wilson

Most of the computers on Earth have Intel Inside®, right?

Nope. The most popular processor is the ARM.

You'll find ARMs in everything—from cellphones, tablets, and IoT devices to Apple's latest notebooks, supercomputers, and the Mars helicopter Ingenuity.

There are billions of efficient ARM processors in use today, and we have Sophie Wilson to thank for it. Sophie designed the original ARM processor when she worked for Acorn Computers in the UK in 1983. This processor was used in the Acorn-built BBC Micro computer that was the centerpiece of the British Broadcasting Corporation's successful Computer Literacy Project. The design has been kept on the cutting-edge ever since.

Sophie was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2019. How many women can claim that? Check out her Wikipedia page for more on her accomplishments.

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