Rose Dieng-Kuntz, Pioneering the web (1956-2008, Year of Entry: 1975)

After obtaining outstanding grades at the Lycée de Dakar in Sénégal, Rose Dieng-Kuntz enrolled at École Polytechnique and became the first African woman to graduate from the institution. Following this, in 1992, she became the second woman to be appointed as head of a research program at Inria (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation). This leading authority in artificial intelligence, knowledge management and the semantic web was among the first scientists to recognize the true potential of the Internet, and of XML as a powerful tool for sharing information. Rose Dieng-Kuntz was awarded the Joliot-Curie Feminist Prize in 2005, three years before her death at the age of 52.

Photo Credit : INRIA - Walace Jim