David Harel (right) with Carl Hewitt at FLoC 2006
12 April 1950 |
David Harel (Hebrew: דוד הראל; born 12 April 1950) is the William Sussman Professor of Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Born in London, England, he was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the institute for seven years.
Harel is best known for his work on dynamic logic, computability and software engineering. In the 1980s he invented the graphical language of Statecharts, which has been adopted as part of the UML standard. He has also published expository accounts of computer science, such as his award winning 1987 book "Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing" and has made appearances on Israeli radio and television. He currently works on many diverse topics, including visual languages, graph layout, systems biology and the communication of odours.
Harel completed his Ph.D. at MIT between 1976 and 1978, which is exceptionally fast.
He is now working on a computer model of a nematode, 'Caenorhabditis elegans', which was the first multicellular organism to have its genome completely sequenced. The eventual completeness of such a model depends on his updated version of the Turing test.
Awards and honors
- 1986 Stevens Award for Software Development Methods
- 1992 ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
- 1994 ACM Fellow
- 1995 IEEE Fellow
- 2004 Israel Prize, for computer science
- 2006 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award
- 2006 elected to Academia Europaea
- 2007 ACM Software System Award
- 2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- 2014 Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering
- 2014 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- I-Logix company profile
- Economist article on Harel's nematode modeling
- Member profile, Academia Europaea, retrieved 2015-01-02.
- David Harel – Award Winner, ACM, retrieved 2015-01-02.
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Recipient’s C.V.".
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".
- "AAAS Members Elected as Fellows", AAAS News and Notes, Science 318 (5850), October 26, 2007: 586–590, doi:10.1126/science.318.5850.586.
- Member profile, National Academy of Engineering, retrieved 2015-01-02.
- Newly elected members, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2014, retrieved 2015-01-02.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Harel.|
- David Harel's home page at the Weizmann Institute of Science.