David Luckham

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David Luckham is an emeritus professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University.[1] He was one of the implementors of the first LISP system.[2]

He is best known as the originator of Complex Event Processing (CEP) as proposed in his book, "The Power of Events" published in 2002. CEP consists of a set of concepts and techniques for processing real time events and extracting information from events as they arrive that can be used to take immediate action in response to those events. Applications to many sectors of business, internet operations and governmental intelligence gathering are described in the book. Most of these applications are now in general practice in many organizations. Luckham's latest book is "Event Processing for Business", published by Wiley in Nov. 2011.

David Luckham has held faculty and invited faculty positions in both mathematics and computer science at eight major universities in Europe and the United States. He was one of the founders of Rational Software, Inc. in 1981.

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in London during the blitz of WWII. He holds M.Sc.(London) and Ph.D.(MIT) degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.


  • David Luckham: The Power of Events - An Introduction to Complex Event Processing in Distributed Enterprise Systems, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-72789-7.
  • David Luckham: Event Processing for Business - Organizing the Real-Time Enterprise, Wiley, ISBN 978-0470534854.


  1. ^ "David Luckham", Stanford University Electrical Engineering website
  2. ^ McCarthy, J.; Brayton, R.; Edwards, D.; Fox, P.; Hodes, L.; Luckham, D.; Maling, K.; Park, D.; Russell, S. (March 1960), LISP I Programmers Manual, Boston, Massachusetts: Artificial Intelligence Group, M.I.T. Computation Center and Research Laboratory  Accessed May 11, 2010.

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