Simon Peyton Jones

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Simon Peyton Jones
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Simon Peyton Jones
Born (1958-01-18) 18 January 1958 (age 56)
South Africa
Citizenship British
Fields Computer science
Institutions University College London
University of Glasgow
University of Cambridge
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for Glasgow Haskell Compiler

Simon Peyton Jones (born in South Africa on 18 January 1958) is a British computer scientist who researches the implementation and applications of functional programming languages, particularly lazy functional programming. He is an honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow and supervises PhD Students at the University of Cambridge.[1][2]


Peyton Jones graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1980,[3] and worked in industry for two years before serving as a lecturer at University College London and, from 1990 to 1998, as a professor at the University of Glasgow.[3] Since 1998 he has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England.[3] He is married to Dorothy, a priest in the Church of England, and they have six children.[3][4][5]

He is a major contributor to the design of the Haskell programming language,[6] and a contributor of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC).[7] He is also co-creator of the C-- programming language, designed for intermediate program representation between the language-specific front-end of a compiler and a general-purpose back-end code generator and optimiser. C-- is used in GHC.[8]

He was also a major contributor to the 1999 book Cybernauts Awake,[9] which explored the ethical and spiritual implications of the Internet.

In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[10] In 2011 he received membership in the Academia Europaea.

In 2011, he and Simon Marlow were awarded the SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award for their work on GHC.[11]

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Simon serves as the chair of the organisation Computing at School working to promote the teaching of Computer Science in UK schools.


  • Peyton Jones, Simon (1987). The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-453333-X. 
  • Peyton Jones, Simon; Lester, David R. (August 1992). Implementing Functional Languages. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-721952-0. 
  • Cybernauts Awake!: Ethical and Spiritual Implications of Computers, Information Technology and the Internet. Church House Publishing. 1999. ISBN 978-0-7151-6586-7. 


  1. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  2. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  3. ^ a b c d Peyton Jones, Simon. "Simon Peyton-Jones - Microsoft Research". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  4. ^ Bresnick, Julie (3 July 2001). "GHC developer Simon Peyton Jones on working for, gasp!, Microsoft". 
  5. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon (18 January 2008). "Ancient, but still having fun". haskel@haskel,org. 
  6. ^ Peyton Jones, Simon, ed. (December 2002). "Haskell 98 Language and Libraries - The Revised Report". 
  7. ^ "The GHC Team". 22 June 2006. 
  8. ^ "Native Code Generator (NCG)". The Glasgow Haskell Compiler. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Cybernauts Awake!: Ethical and Spiritual Implications of Computers, Information Technology and the Internet. Church House Publishing. 1999. ISBN 978-0-7151-6586-7. 
  10. ^ "ACM Fellows". Association for Computing Machinery. 
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