Christos Papadimitriou

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Christos Papadimitriou giving a talk at the EPFL on 30 June 2009.

Christos Harilaos Papadimitriou (Greek: Χρήστος Χαρίλαος Παπαδημητρίου; born August 16, 1949, Athens) is a Greek engineer, computer scientist, and professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.


Papadimitriou studied at the National Technical University of Athens, where in 1972 he received his BA in Electrical Engineering. He continued to study at Princeton University, where he received his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1974 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1976.

Papadimitriou has taught at Harvard, MIT, the National Technical University of Athens, Stanford, and UCSD, and is currently C. Lester Hogan Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley.

In 2001, Papadimitriou was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and in 2002 he was awarded the Knuth Prize. He became fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering for contributions to complexity theory, database theory, and combinatorial optimization.[1] In 2009 he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. During the 36th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming (ICALP 2009), there was a special event honoring Papadimitriou's contributions to computer science.[2] In 2012, he, along with Elias Koutsoupias, was awarded the Gödel Prize for their joint work on the concept of the price of anarchy.[3]

Papadimitriou is the author of the textbook Computational Complexity, one of the most widely used textbooks in the field of computational complexity theory. He has also co-authored the textbook Algorithms (2006) with Sanjoy Dasgupta and Umesh Vazirani, and the graphic novel Logicomix (2009) with Apostolos Doxiadis.

His name was listed in the 19th position on the CiteSeer search engine academic database and digital library.


  • He co-authored a paper with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.[4]
  • At UC Berkeley, in 2006, he joined a professor-and-graduate-student band called Lady X and The Positive Eigenvalues.[5]




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