Sophie Wilson is an English computer scientist who was instrumental in designing the BBC Micro and ARM architecture. She is also a transgender woman.
ARM processors are considered the brains of today’s smartphones and are used in 95% of all smart devices.
ARM architecture is a family of central processing units (CPUs) based on a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture. It specifies a set of rules that dictate how the hardware works when a particular instruction is executed. It can be divided into A, R and M profiles for different applications.
Some of the benefits of ARM architecture are:
- It consumes very low energy and has high processing power12.
- It has a low cost compared with other architectures1.
- It has a simple pipeline and can manage normal loads at a low-power envelope.
- It offers incomparable security features.
- It has a large ecosystem for global support and is pervasive across markets and locations.
ARM processors are used extensively in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile devices. They’re also used in a wide range of sensors and internet of things devices. Without ARM processors, many of these devices would not work or would have to use different architectures that may be less efficient or more expensive. Some examples of products using ARM processors are Samsung and Apple smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm devices, Armadillo, GP32, GP2X, Tapwave Zodiac and Hewlett-Packard HP-49/503.
According to Wikipedia and other sources, Sophie Wilson underwent gender reassignment surgery and transitioned from male to female in 1994. She is one of the most influential trans women in history.
There are many influential trans women in various sports, culture, politics and history fields. Some examples are:
- Caitlyn Jenner is a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star.
- Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress and LGBTQLGBTQ LGBTQIA+ is an inclusive term that includes people of all genders and sexualities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and allies. While each letter in LGBTQIA+ stands for a specific group of people, the term encompasses the entire spectrum of gender fluidity and sexual identities. https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/what-does-lgbtqia-stand-for-full-acronym-explained.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT+ activist.
- The Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lilly, who are acclaimed filmmakers and co-creators of The Matrix franchise.
- Trace Lysette is an actress and producer known for her roles in Transparent and Hustlers.
- Sylvia Rivera was a civil rights pioneer who fought for the rights of transgender people and was one of the leaders of the Stonewall uprising.
There are some other British trans women who have made significant contributions to society too. Some examples are:
- Roberta Cowell, a World War II fighter pilot and racing car driver, was the first British trans woman to undergo gender confirmation surgery in 19511.
- Christine Goodwin, a trans activist who took legal action against the UK government for denying her rights as a woman and paved the way for the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
- Paris Lees, a journalist, presenter and campaigner who was the first openly trans woman to appear on BBC Question Time and Vogue magazine.
This blog was written using artificial intelligence, together with Steph’s help.