If we were asked to write about the contributions a person made to the study of computer science for example, is that different from if we were asked to write about the contributions a person made to computer science?
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I'm guessing they're the same. Sometimes when people say "the study of," they mean "the field of." I'd bet that that's what the person intended.
Otherwise, they're asking about someone who contributed to the way computer science is studied or taught. That meaning seems less likely to me, though it might make sense in some limited contexts.
My recommendation: Ask the person what they meant.
The first example is a subset of the second example. Computer Science is a very broad subject and has many subsets. Witness the subtle differences in these examples:
(I'm not sure, but I think that last sentence may have been about Kenneth Iverson.)