Lynn Conway was born in 1938 in Mount Vermon, New York. She received her BS degree in physics from MIT in 1962. Conway received her MSEE degree from Columbia University in 1963. Shortly afterwards, she was hired by IBM where she made huge contributions to computer architecture.
Conway transitioned in 1968, and was unfortunately fired from her job. Ironically, IBM is now considered one of the more trans-friendly companies in America. Five years later in 1973, Conway was hired by Xerox PARC.
Between the time she started working and the 1980’s, she revolutionized the microchip. She later went on to be the Assistant Director for Strategic Computing at DARPA. After that, she went on to accomplish a plethora of other things before finally retiring.
About LGBTQ+ of FIRST
LGBTQ+ of FIRST is an organization dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ participants in FIRST Robotics. LGBTQ+ of FIRST was started to spread visibility of the LGBTQ+ community within FIRST and help teams become safe spaces for their members.