Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Institute professor Barbara Liskov is one of seven distinguished individuals--including Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman--selected by Brown University to receive an honorary doctorate at the 242nd Commencement exercises, Sunday, May 30, 2010.
The citation by Brown University reads: Barbara Liskov is the first U.S. woman to earn a doctorate from a computer science department and among the nations most honored computing pioneers.
The Brown University Media Relations April 27, 2010 announcement gives the following tribute and information about Liskov:
Barbara Liskov, the first U.S. woman to earn a Ph.D. from a computer science department (Stanford, 1968), is an Institute Professor at MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and associate provost for faculty equity. In 2009 she won the Association for Computing Machinerys (ACM) Turing Award, one of the highest honors in science and engineering, for her pioneering work in the design of computer programming languages. She was only the second woman to receive the honor, which is described as the Nobel Prize in computing.
Liskovs research interests include distributed systems, replication algorithms to provide fault-tolerance, programming methodology, and programming languages. Her recent research focuses on techniques that enable a system to continue operating properly in the event of the failure of some of its components. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM. She received the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Language Achievement Award in 2008, the IEEE Von Neumann medal in 2004, and a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1996. In 2003 she was named one of the 50 most important women in science by Discover magazine.