Anthony Finkelstein

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Anthony Finkelstein
Born Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein
(1959-07-28) 28 July 1959 (age 57)
London, England
Other names Profserious
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Institutions Imperial College London
National Institute of Informatics
University College London[2]
Alma mater
Thesis The application of information systems analysis to the activity of the design of complex systems (1985)
Doctoral advisor Richard B. Langdon[3]
Known for requirements engineering software development processes
Notable awards FREng

Anthony Charles Wiener Finkelstein, CBE, FREng[4] (born 28 July 1959)[2] 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).[2]

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 was, prior to assuming his current role, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and prior to that Head of UCL Computer Science.

His scientific work is in the broad area of software development tools and processes.[1][6][7][8][9] He has also worked on applications of systems modelling in the life 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, MP.[10] 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.

He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London[11] and at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

Honours and awards[edit]

He is an elected Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4] (FREng).[12] 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.[13] In 2013 he received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).[14]

Finkelstein was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to computer science and engineering.[15]

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[16] and of Tamara Finkelstein, Chief Operating Officer and Director General at the Department of Health (United Kingdom).[17] 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 Anthony Finkelstein publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ 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.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Anthony Finkelstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  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
  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 2013-10-29. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "News releases - Royal Academy of Engineering". Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  13. ^ "Recipients of the IET Achievement Medals". IET Scholarships and Awards. IET. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "IFIP Newsletter". (in German). Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  15. ^ "(Supplement) no. 61608". The London Gazette. 11 June 2016. p. B9. 
  16. ^ "JC Power 100: Numbers 50 - 11", The Jewish Chronicle, 10 September 2014
  17. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 

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