Barbara Liskov named to National Inventors Hall of Fame

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March 2, 2012

March 1, 2012 announcement courtesy of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL news.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame has named Institute Professor Barbara Liskov as one of its 2012 inductees. Liskov — who is also a faculty member in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and a principal investigator at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) — was honored for her contributions to programming languages and system design.

According to a statement on the National Inventors Hall of Fame website, "MIT Institute Professor Liskov is considered an innovator in the design of computer programming languages, largely for helping to make computer programs more reliable, secure, and easy to use. Her innovations can be found within almost all modern programming languages."

Liskov is world-renowned for her pioneering work in programming languages and distributed systems. In 2009, she received the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and honoring invention and creativity.

For more on the National Inventors Hall of Fame: http://www.invent.org/2012induction/.

For more information on Liskov's work: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/971.