Alan Mycroft

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Alan Mycroft
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisAbstract interpretation and optimising transformations for applicative programs (1982)
Doctoral advisor

Alan Mycroft is a professor at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, where he is also director of studies for computer science.


Mycroft read Mathematics at Cambridge then moved to Edinburgh where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a thesis on the Abstract interpretation and optimising transformations for applicative programs[2] supervised by Rod Burstall and Robin Milner.


Mycroft's research interests[3][4][5][6][1] are in Programming Languages, Software Engineering and Algorithms.[7][8][9][10]

With Arthur Norman, he co-created the Norcroft C compiler.[11] He is also a named trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable organisation whose single-board computer is intended to stimulate the teaching of basic computer science in schools.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Mycroft has four children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Alan Mycroft publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Mycroft, Alan (1982). Abstract interpretation and optimising transformations for applicative programs (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. OCLC 10271733.
  3. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  4. ^ Alan Mycroft at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ Alan Mycroft author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Alan Mycroft's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Mycroft, A.; O'Keefe, R. A. (1984). "A polymorphic type system for prolog". Artificial Intelligence. 23 (3): 295. doi:10.1016/0004-3702(84)90017-1.
  8. ^ Mycroft, A. (1984). "Polymorphic type schemes and recursive definitions". International Symposium on Programming. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 167. pp. 217–228. doi:10.1007/3-540-12925-1_41. ISBN 978-3-540-12925-7.
  9. ^ Mycroft, A. (1980). "The theory and practice of transforming call-by-need into call-by-value". International Symposium on Programming. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 83. pp. 269–281. doi:10.1007/3-540-09981-6_19. ISBN 978-3-540-09981-9.
  10. ^ Nethercote, N.; Mycroft, A. (2003). "Redux". Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science. 89 (2): 149. doi:10.1016/S1571-0661(04)81047-8.
  11. ^ Mycroft, Alan; Norman, Arthur C. (1992). "Part I: classical imperative languages". Optimising compilation. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory. CiteSeerX OCLC 29982690. […] the 'Norcroft' compiler suite jointly constructed by the authors […] Commercial interests are referred to Codemist Ltd. […]
  12. ^ Bush, Steve (26 May 2011). "In depth: Raspberry Pi, the computer on a stick". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2011. The Raspberry Pi developers and trustees of its Foundation are: David Braben – Founder of games software firm Frontier Developments and co-author of 'Elite'. Jack Lang – Business angel, early Acorn employee, founder of Cambridge start-ups. Pete Lomas – Founder and MD of Norcott Technologies. Robert Mullins – University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and St. John's College, Cambridge. Alan Mycroft – Professor of Computing in University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Eben Upton – Engineer at Broadcom Europe, founder of software start-ups, and former director of computer science at St. John's College, Cambridge.