Laureates of the Japan Prize

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Dr. Kenneth L. Thompson

2011 (27th) Japan Prize Laureate

Field
Information and Communications
Achievement
Development of the operating system, UNIX
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: February 4 1943
Academic Degrees:
1964 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
1966 Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Professional Career:
1966 Research Staff, Bell Labs
1975-76 Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1983 Fellow, Bell Labs
1988 Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
2000 Fellow, Entrisphere Inc.
2006 Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
Title: Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc.
Major Publications:
  1. K. Thompson, Regular Expression Search Algorithm, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 419-422, 1968.
  2. D. M. Ritchie and K. Thompson, The UNIX Time-Sharing System, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp. 365-375, 1974.
  3. K. Thompson, “Belle Chess Hardware”, In Advances In Computer Chess 3 (ed. M.R.B. Clarke), Pergamon Press, 1982.
  4. K. Thompson, Reflections on Trusting Trust, 1983 Turing Award Lecture, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 27, No. 8, pp. 761-763, 1984.
  5. R. Pike, D. Presotto, S. Dorward, R. Flandrena, K. Thompson, H. Trickey and P. Winterbottom, Plan 9 from Bell Labs, Computing Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 221-254, 1995.
  6. K. Thompson, “How I Spent My Winter Vacation”
    http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/mig.html
  7. K. Thompson, et al “The Go Programming Language”
    http://golang.org
Major Honors:
  • Association for Computing Machinery, A.M. Turing Award (1983)
  • NEC, C&C Award (1989)
  • US National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the development of the UNIX operating system (1998)
  • IEEE Tsutomu Kanai Award (1999)
Membership:
  • Member, US National Academy of Engineering (1980)
  • Member, US National Academy of Science (1985)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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