Simon Peyton Jones

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Simon Peyton Jones
FRS MAE
Professor Simon Peyton Jones FRS.jpg
Simon Peyton Jones at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Born (1958-01-18) 18 January 1958 (age 60)
South Africa
Citizenship British
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for Glasgow Haskell Compiler, C--
Awards
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
Website research.microsoft.com/~simonpj

Simon Peyton Jones FRS MAE[3] (born 18 January 1958) is a British computer scientist who researches the implementation and applications of functional programming languages, particularly lazy functional programming. [4][1]

Education

Simon Peyton Jones

Peyton Jones graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1980[5] and went on to complete the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science.[6]

Career and research

Peyton Jones worked in industry for two years before serving as a lecturer at University College London and, from 1990 to 1998, as a professor at the University of Glasgow.[5] Since 1998 he has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England.[5][7][8]

He is a major contributor to the design of the Haskell programming language,[9] and a lead developer of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC).[10] He is also co-creator of the C-- programming language, designed for intermediate program representation between the language-specific front-end of a compiler and a general-purpose back-end code generator and optimiser. C-- is used in GHC.[11][12][13]

He was also a major contributor to the 1999 book Cybernauts Awake,[14] which explored the ethical and spiritual implications of the Internet.

Peyton Jones chairs the Computing At School (CAS) group,[2] an organisation which aims to promote the teaching of computer science at school.

Awards and honours

In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for contributions to functional programming languages.[15] In 2011 he received membership in the Academia Europaea.

In 2011, he and Simon Marlow were awarded the SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award for their work on GHC.[16]

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.[17]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016[3] and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DFBCS) in 2017.

References

  1. ^ a b Simon Peyton Jones publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ a b Computing At School: About us
  3. ^ a b Anon (2016). "Professor Simon Peyton Jones FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

  4. ^ Simon L. Peyton Jones at DBLP Bibliography Server
  5. ^ a b c Peyton Jones, Simon. "Simon Peyton-Jones - Microsoft Research". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  6. ^ Peter Siebel (2009) Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming ISBN 1430219483
  7. ^ Bresnick, Julie (3 July 2001). "GHC developer Simon Peyton Jones on working for, gasp!, Microsoft". Linux.com. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon (18 January 2008). "Ancient, but still having fun". [email protected],org.
  9. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon, ed. (December 2002). "Haskell 98 Language and Libraries - The Revised Report". haskell.org.
  10. ^ "The GHC Team". 22 June 2006.
  11. ^ "Native Code Generator (NCG)". The Glasgow Haskell Compiler. Haskell.org. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  12. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon (1987). The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-453333-X.
  13. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon; Lester, David R. (August 1992). Implementing Functional Languages. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-721952-0.
  14. ^ Cybernauts Awake!: Ethical and Spiritual Implications of Computers, Information Technology and the Internet. Church House Publishing. 1999. ISBN 978-0-7151-6586-7.
  15. ^ "Prof Simon L Peyton-Jones - Award Winner". Association for Computing Machinery.
  16. ^ "SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award". Galois, Inc. 7 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Honorary Doctorate for Simon Peyton Jones". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
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