Google’s queer female pi world record breaker hopes to inspire LGBT community

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03/18/2019

Emma Haruka Iwao, a queer software engineer at Google, who calculated pi to a new world record, has said that she hopes her achievement will inspire others in the LGBT+ community. Speaking to PinkNews, Iwao, who is from Tokyo, Japan, said she believed that the work of those from the LGBT+ community, women, people of colour and other marginalised groups have all too often been erased in history. Iwao, a developer advocate for the Google Cloud Platform, managed to calculate pi to 31 trillion digits, surpassing the previous record of 22 trillion. Her world record was revealed by Google to coincide with Pi Day on March 14. “As an openly queer woman and software engineer, visibility is important for me and my community,” Iwao explained.

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