Peter Wegner

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Peter Wegner
Born 1932 (age 81–82)[citation needed]
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Computer science
Institutions University of London
University of Cambridge
Brown University
Alma mater University of London[1]
Thesis Programming Languages, Information Structures And Machine Organization (1968)
Doctoral advisor Maurice Wilkes[1]
Doctoral students Daniel Berry
Maylun Buck-Lew
William Cook
Kenneth Magel
Clement McGowan[1]
Notable awards Fellow of the ACM,
Austrian Decoration for Science and Art

Peter Wegner (born in 1932) is an American computer scientist who has made significant contributions to both the theory of object-oriented programming during the 1980's and to the relevance of Church-Turing thesis for empirical aspects of computer science during 1990's and present. [2][3][4][5][6]


Wegner was educated at the University of London where he was awarded a PhD in 1968 for work supervised by Maurice Wilkes.[7][1]


The seminal work for his previous occupation is On Understanding Types[8] which was co-authored with Luca Cardelli. For his latter undertaking, he has co-authored several papers and co-edited a book Interactive Computation: the New Paradigm which was published in 2006.


Wegner was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1995.[9] In 1999, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st class (“Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft u. Kunst I. Klasse”)[10] [11] but was hit by a bus and sustained serious brain injuries when on a trip to London to receive his award.[12] He recovered after a lengthy coma.

He is the former editor-in-chief of ACM Computing Surveys[13] and of The Brown Faculty Bulletin and is currently an emeritus professor at Brown University.


  1. ^ a b c d Peter Wegner at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Wegner, Peter. MathSciNet
  3. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  4. ^ 2000755 List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  5. ^ Peter Wegner author profile at the ACM Digital Library
  6. ^ Wegner, P. (1997). "Why interaction is more powerful than algorithms". Communications of the ACM 40 (5): 80. doi:10.1145/253769.253801.  edit
  7. ^ Wegner, Peter (1968). Programming Languages, Information Structures, and Machine Organization (PhD thesis). University of London. 
  8. ^ Cardelli, L.; Wegner, P. (1985). "On understanding types, data abstraction, and polymorphism". ACM Computing Surveys 17 (4): 471. doi:10.1145/6041.6042.  edit
  9. ^ "Peter Wegner". ACM Fellows. 1995. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  “For many 27 years Professor Wegner has been an initiating leader in ACM's educational and publication efforts while inspiring several generations of computer scientists.”
  10. ^ "Peter Wegner – A prominent pioneer in computer science!". Faculty of Informatics, TU Vienna. 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1306. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Kristen Cole (1999). "Peter Wegner on the mend". George Street Journal, Brown University. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  13. ^ "Peter Wegner". ACM Distinguished Service Award. 2000. Retrieved 2009-10-03.