A selection of researcher profiles with an overview of their major reference work, their research interests, awards and main publications.
President, Willard and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University, Stanford, USA. Professor Hennessy initiated the MIPS project at Stanford in 1981, MIPS is a high- performance Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), built in VLSI. MIPS was one of the first three experimental RISC architectures. In addition to his role in the basic research, Hennessy played a key role in transferring this technology to industry. During a sabbatical leave from Stanford in 1984-85, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems (now called MIPS Technologies Inc.), which specializes in the production of chips based on these concepts. He also led the Stanford DASH (Distributed Architecture for Shared Memory) multiprocessor project. DASH was the first scalable shared memory multiprocessor with hardware-supported cache coherence. Most recently, he has been involved in FLASH (FLexible Architecture for Shared Memory), which is designed to support different communication and coherency approaches in large-scale shared-memory multiprocessors. Hennessy is also the coauthor of two widely used textbooks in computer architecture.
Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the California Academy of Sciences. Chair of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences. The Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, at Harvard University. Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.
Hepburn Professor of Physical Science, Director of the Penn Center for Molecular Modeling, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States.