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Anthony Finkelstein
Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein

(1959-07-28) 28 July 1959 (age 64)
London, England
Alma mater
Known forRequirements engineering software development processes
Scientific career
InstitutionsImperial College London University College London Government of the United Kingdom City, University of London[2]
ThesisThe application of information systems analysis to the activity of the design of complex systems (1985)
Doctoral advisorL. Bruce Archer[3]
Websitefinkelstein.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Sir Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein CBE FREng[4] (born 28 July 1959[2]) is a British engineer and computer scientist. He is the President of City, University of London. He was Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM Government until 2021.[5]

Education and early life[edit]

Anthony Finkelstein was born on 28 July 1959. He was educated at University College School, the University of Bradford (BEng), the London School of Economics (MSc) and the Royal College of Art (PhD, 1985).[6]

Career and research[edit]

Finkelstein's scientific work is in the broad area of software development tools and processes.[1][7][8][9][10] He has also worked on applications of systems modelling in the life sciences.

He was appointed President of City, University of London in June 2021. He is a member of Council of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Chair of the Police Science Council established by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

He was Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM Government from 2015 until 2021. This is a senior role, associated with the Government Office for Science (GOScience) and working across the UK's national security community.[11] During his tenure in post Finkelstein retained a chair in Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL) and a Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute of which he was a Founder Trustee.

Prior to his government role, Finkelstein was the Head of UCL Computer Science and then Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He was appointed in 2013 as a Member of Council of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the then Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.[12] He was appointed as the UK government's Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security in December 2015.[13]

Finkelstein is a visiting professor at Imperial College London,[14] at the University of South Australia and formerly at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He was until 2022 a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Singapore National Research Foundation and previously served on the Board of the NHS Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

Honours and awards[edit]

Finkelstein is an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4] (FREng).[15] He is also an elected Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS).

In 2009 he received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET for achievement in Information Technology.[16] In 2013 he received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).[17]

Finkelstein was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and engineering[18] and was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours for public service.[19]

Personal life[edit]

His mother, Mirjam Finkelstein, was a Holocaust survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp,[20] while his father Ludwik Finkelstein OBE was born in Lwów (then in Poland but now in Ukraine), and became Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation at City University London.[21][22] He is a grandson, via his mother, of Alfred Wiener, the Jewish activist and founder of the Wiener Library.[20] He is a brother of the peer, Daniel Finkelstein[23] and of Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[24]

He is married and has two sons.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Anthony Finkelstein publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "FINKELSTEIN, Prof. Anthony Charles Wiener". Who's Who. Vol. 2011 (online Oxford University Press ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Anthony Finkelstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b "List of Fellows". Raeng.org.uk. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Anthony Finkelstein". GOV.UK. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  6. ^ Finkelstein, Anthony Charles Wiener (1985). The application of information systems analysis to the activity of the design of complex systems (PhD thesis). Royal College of Art. OCLC 499200161.
  7. ^ Nuseibeh, B.; Kramer, J.; Finkelstein, A. (1994). "A framework for expressing the relationships between multiple views in requirements specification". IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 20 (10): 760–773. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/32.328995. S2CID 492232.
  8. ^ Anthony Finkelstein at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ de Lemos, Rogério; Giese, Holger; Müller, Hausi A.; Shaw, Mary; Andersson, Jesper; Litoiu, Marin; Schmerl, Bradley; Tamura, Gabriel; Villegas, Norha M.; Vogel, Thomas; Weyns, Danny; Baresi, Luciano; Becker, Basil; Bencomo, Nelly; Brun, Yuriy; Cukic, Bojan; Desmarais, Ron; Dustdar, Schahram; Engels, Gregor; Geihs, Kurt; Göschka, Karl M.; Gorla, Alessandra; Grassi, Vincenzo; Inverardi, Paola; Karsai, Gabor; Kramer, Jeff; Lopes, Antónia; Magee, Jeff; Malek, Sam; Mankovskii, Serge; Mirandola, Raffaela; Mylopoulos, John; Nierstrasz, Oscar; Pezzè, Mauro; Prehofer, Christian; Schäfer, Wilhelm; Schlichting, Rick; Smith, Dennis B.; Sousa, João Pedro; Tahvildari, Ladan; Wong, Kenny; Wuttke, Jochen (2013). "Software Engineering for Self-Adaptive Systems: A Second Research Roadmap". Software Engineering for Self-Adaptive Systems II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 7475. pp. 1–32. CiteSeerX doi:10.1007/978-3-642-35813-5_1. ISBN 978-3-642-35812-8.
  10. ^ Gotel, O.C.Z.; Finkelstein, C.W. (1994). "An analysis of the requirements traceability problem". Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering. pp. 94–101. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/ICRE.1994.292398. ISBN 978-0-8186-5480-0. S2CID 5870868.
  11. ^ Nathan, Stuart (15 March 2018). "Interview: Anthony Finkelstein, the government's chief scientific adviser for national security". The Engineer. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. ^ "EPSRC ANNOUNCES NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security: Anthony Finkelstein". UK Government. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  14. ^ Finkelstein, A.; Kramer, J.; Nuseibeh, B.; Finkelstein, L.; Goedicke, M. (1992). "Viewpoints: A Framework for Integrating Multiple Perspectives in System Development". International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering. 02 (1): 31–57. CiteSeerX doi:10.1142/S0218194092000038. ISSN 0218-1940. S2CID 37921638.
  15. ^ "News releases – Royal Academy of Engineering". Raeng.org.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Recipients of the IET Achievement Medals". IET Scholarships and Awards. IET. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  17. ^ "IFIP Newsletter" (in German). Ifip.org. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  18. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B9.
  19. ^ "No. 63571". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 2022. p. N2.
  20. ^ a b "Mirjam Finkelstein, Holocaust educator, friend of Anne Frank and survivor of Bergen-Belsen, dies aged 83". The Jewish Chronicle. London. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Obituary – Professor Ludwik Finkelstein OBE FREng" (Press release). City University London. 6 September 2011.
  22. ^ "Professor Ludwik Finkelstein". The Times. London. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2016. (subscription required)
  23. ^ "JC Power 100: Numbers 50 – 11", The Jewish Chronicle, 10 September 2014
  24. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 20 October 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.

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