|Jon Louis Bentley|
February 20, 1953 |
Long Beach, California, US
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Thesis||Divide and conquer algorithms for closest point problems in multidimensional space (1976)|
|Doctoral advisor||Donald Ford Stanat|
|Doctoral students||Charles E. Leiserson|
Bentley received a B.S. in mathematical sciences from Stanford University in 1974, and M.S. and Ph.D in 1976 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; while a student, he also held internships at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor of computer science and mathematics. At CMU, his students included Brian Reid, John Ousterhout, Jeff Eppinger, Joshua Bloch, and James Gosling, and he was one of Charles Leiserson's advisors. Later, Bentley moved to Bell Laboratories.
He found an optimal solution for the two dimensional case of Klee's measure problem: given a set of n rectangles, find the area of their union. He and Thomas Ottmann invented the Bentley–Ottmann algorithm, an efficient algorithm for finding all intersecting pairs among a collection of line segments. He wrote the Programming Pearls column for the Communications of the ACM magazine, and later collected the articles into two books of the same name.
Bentley received the Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming award in 2004.
- Programming Pearls (2nd Edition), ISBN 0-201-65788-0.
- More Programming Pearls: Confessions of a Coder, ISBN 0-201-11889-0.
- Writing Efficient Programs, ISBN 0-13-970244-X.
- Divide and Conquer Algorithms in Multidimensional Space, Ph.D. thesis.
- Lucent Technologies press release
- Blog entry about a bug in Jon Bentley's published binary search solution
- The C Programming Language, first edition - this did not describe the bug; it only showed the solution, which is shown in the above blog entry
- Programming Pearls, Second Edition - official site