Anthony Finkelstein

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Anthony Finkelstein
Born Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein
(1959-07-28) 28 July 1959 (age 59)
London, England
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater
Known for requirements engineering software development processes
Awards FREng
Scientific career
Institutions Imperial College London
National Institute of Informatics
University College London[1]
Thesis The application of information systems analysis to the activity of the design of complex systems (1985)
Doctoral advisor Richard B. Langdon[3]

Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein, CBE, FREng[4] (born 28 July 1959)[1] is a British software engineer. He is Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM Government. His research is based at the Alan Turing Institute and he holds a Chair in Software Systems engineering at University College London (UCL).[1]

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).[5]

Career and research[edit]

Finkelstein's scientific work is in the broad area of software development tools and processes.[2][6][7][8][9] He has also worked on applications of systems modelling in the life sciences.

Before being appointed to his current post, Finkelstein was the Head of UCL Computer Science and then Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and was founder editor of Automated Software Engineering. He was appointed in 2013 as a Member of Council of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.[10] He was appointed as the British government's Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security in December 2015.[11] His main affiliation is to the government office for science and works with th full range of government organisations. In an interview for The Engineer in March 2018, Finkelstein explained that he deals most often with the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the police.[12]

Finkelstein is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London[13] and at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a member of the Board of the NHS Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Singapore National Research Foundation.

Honours and awards[edit]

Finkelstein is an elected Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4] (FREng).[14] He is also an elected Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. 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.[15] In 2013 he received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).[16]

Finkelstein was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and engineering.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He is a grandson of Alfred Wiener, founder of the Wiener Library and a brother of the peer, Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, associate editor of The Times[18] and of Tamara Finkelstein, Director General for EU Exit Delivery at Defra.[19] His father, Ludwik Finkelstein FREng OBE, was a Professor Emeritus of Measurement and Instrumentation. He is married and has two sons.


  1. ^ a b c d FINKELSTEIN, Prof. Anthony Charles Wiener. Who's Who. 2011 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Anthony Finkelstein publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Anthony Finkelstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. doi:10.1109/32.328995. 
  7. ^ Anthony Finkelstein at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ 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". 7475: 1–32. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-35813-5_1. 
  9. ^ Gotel, O.C.Z.; Finkelstein, C.W. (1994). "An analysis of the requirements traceability problem": 94–101. doi:10.1109/ICRE.1994.292398. 
  10. ^ "EPSRC ANNOUNCES NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security: Anthony Finkelstein". UK Government. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  12. ^ Nathan, Stuart (15 March 2018). "Interview: Anthony Finkelstein, the government's chief scientific adviser for national security". The Engineer. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  13. ^ 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 (01): 31–57. doi:10.1142/S0218194092000038. ISSN 0218-1940. 
  14. ^ "News releases – Royal Academy of Engineering". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Recipients of the IET Achievement Medals". IET Scholarships and Awards. IET. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "IFIP Newsletter" (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B9. 
  18. ^ "JC Power 100: Numbers 50 – 11", The Jewish Chronicle, 10 September 2014
  19. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 

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