Eric C. R. Hehner
|Born||16 September 1947 (age 71)|
|Alma mater||Carleton University, University of Toronto|
|Fields||Formal methods, Programming|
|Institutions||University of Toronto|
Eric Hehner was born on 16 September 1947 in Ottawa. He studied mathematics and physics at Carleton University, obtaining his first degree in 1969. He gained a PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto in 1974. He then joined the faculty there, becoming a full professor in 1983. He became the Bell University Chair in Software Engineering in 2001.
Hehner's main research area is formal methods, particularly for programming. In 1979, Hehner invented a method of representing rational numbers with current University of Victoria professor Nigel Horspool called quote notation, which allows for easier arithmetic and produces no roundoff error in arithmetic calculations implementing a generalization of radix notation. Hehner has also influenced many other computer science researchers with his ideas, including Tony Hoare, especially with his concept of predicative programming.
- E. C. R. Hehner, 1984. Predicative Programming. CACM, 27(2):134–151.
- E. C. R. Hehner, 1990. A Practical Theory of Programming. Science of Computer Programming, 14(2–3):133–158.
- E. C. R. Hehner, 2004. From Boolean Algebra to Unified Algebra. Mathematical Intelligencer, 26(2):3–19.
- "A new representation of the rational numbers for fast easy arithmetic", E.C.R. Hehner and R.N.S. Horspool
- Home page
- DBLP publications
- A Practical Theory of Programming, Professor Hehner's book, freely available in PDF
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