|Institutions||University of Edinburgh|
|Doctoral advisor||N. A. Dudley
K. Brian Haley
|Doctoral students||Thorsten Altenkirch (1993)
Masahito Hasegawa (1997)
Conor McBride (1999)
James McKinna (1992)
J Strother Moore (1973)
Gordon Plotkin (1973)
Burstall studied physics at the University of Cambridge, then an M.Sc. in operational research at Birmingham University. He worked for three years before returning to Birmingham University to earn a Ph.D. in 1966 with thesis titled Heuristic and Decision Tree Methods on Computers: Some Operational Research Applications under the supervision of N. A. Dudley and K. B. Haley.
Burstall was an early and influential proponent of functional programming, pattern matching, and list comprehension, and is known for his work with Robin Popplestone on POP, an innovative programming language developed at Edinburgh around 1970, and later work with John Darlington on NPL and David MacQueen and Don Sannella on Hope, a precursor to Standard ML, Miranda, and Haskell. In 2009, he was awarded the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Language Achievement Award.
- Rod Burstall at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Kerse, Eleanor (2002). "Ode to Rod Burstall". Formal Aspects of Computing 13 (3–5) (Springer). p. 194. doi:10.1007/s001650200007.
- "Rod Burstall's home page". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved Oct 31, 2012.
- "SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award — 2009: Rod Burstall". ACM SIGPLAN. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Wallace, Malcolm. "SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award: Rod Burstall". Vimeo. Retrieved 22 September 2012. Introduced by Philip Wadler.
- University of Edinburgh home page
- Rod Burstall Home Page
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
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