Science Friday Archives: Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov, interviewed by Ira Flatow, broadcast Friday, March 13th, 2009
BBC News Coverage: Barbara Liskov wins Turing award
A paper by Robert Martin “The Liskov Substitution Principle” (PDF) is for software engineer types.
Barbara Liskov, (born Barbara Jane Huberman in 1939), is a computer scientist. She is currently the Ford Professor of Engineering in the MIT School of Engineering‘s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her BA in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1961, and became the first woman in the United States to be awarded a Ph.D. from a computer science department, in 1968 from Stanford University. The topic of her Ph.D. thesis was a computer program to play chess end games.
Liskov has led many significant projects, including the Venus operating system, a small, low-cost and interactive timesharing system; the design and implementation of CLU, the first programming language to support data abstraction; Argus, the first high-level language to support implementation of distributed programs; and Thor, an object-oriented database system. With Jeannette Wing, she developed a particular definition of subtyping, commonly known as the Liskov substitution principle. She leads the Programming Methodology Group at MIT, with a current research focus in Byzantine Fault Tolerance and distributed computing.