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David Park (computer scientist)

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David Park
Born1935 (1935)
Died29 September 1990(1990-09-29) (aged 54–55)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationUniversity of Oxford
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forLisp
Scientific career
Computer science
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
University of Warwick
Thesis Set-Theoretic Constructions in Model Theory  (1964)
Doctoral advisorHartley Rogers Jr.
Doctoral studentsMike Paterson

David Michael Ritchie Park (1935 – 29 September 1990) was a British computer scientist. He worked on the first implementation of the programming language Lisp.[1] He became an authority on the topics of fairness, program schemas and bisimulation in concurrent computing.[2][3] At the University of Warwick, he was one of the earliest members of the computer science department, and served as chairperson.[3]


  1. ^ McCarthy, J.; Brayton, R.; Edwards, D.; Fox, P.; Hodes, L.; Luckham, D.; Maling, K.; Park, D.; Russell, S. (March 1960), LISP I Programmers Manual (PDF), Boston, Massachusetts: Artificial Intelligence Group, M.I.T. Computation Center and Research Laboratory, retrieved 11 May 2010
  2. ^ Paterson, Michael (1994). "David Michael Ritchie Park (1935–1990) in memoriam". Theoretical Computer Science (PDF). Vol. 133. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 187–200. ISSN 0304-3975.
  3. ^ a b Paterson, M.S. (March 1990). "Obituary: Professor David Michael Ritchie Park". Formal Aspects of Computing. 2 (1). London: Springer: 299–300. doi:10.1007/BF01888230. ISSN 0934-5043. S2CID 13190797. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.

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