“I want to make sure that the life that was saved was worth saving.”
Before Dame Stephanie, no one developed and sold computer software separately from the hardware. And that was just one of her many breakthroughs. Hmm, Bill Gates might owe her a dollar or two.
Dame Stephanie and her sister were sent by their parents on the Kindertransport from Austria to the U.K. just before the Holocaust. As one of the Jewish children who survived Hitler, she still feels the need to do something useful everyday to justify her good fortune.
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About Dame Stephanie Shirley
In 1962, Dame Stephanie Shirley founded Freelance Programmers, a software firm with innovative products and all female employees. She created so many revolutions that Queen Elizabeth was left with no choice but to make her a “Dame” (Britain’s female equivalent of a knight). In her so-called “retirement,” Dame Stephanie has become one of the world’s leading philanthropists, with a special emphasis on autism research.