Erik Meijer (computer scientist)

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Erik Meijer
Erik Meijer in 2009.
Born (1963-04-18) 18 April 1963 (age 60)
EducationNijmegen University, Ph.D., 1992
Known forFunctional programming
Haskell language research
Work on: C#, Visual Basic .NET, LINQ, Volta, reactive programming framework (ReactiveX) for .NET Framework
AwardsMicrosoft: Outstanding Technical Achievement, 2007; Outstanding Technical Leadership, 2009
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science, functional programming
InstitutionsUtrecht University
Delft University of Technology
University of Nottingham
Applied Duality Inc.

Erik Meijer (born 18 April 1963, Curaçao) is a Dutch computer scientist, entrepreneur, and tie-dye enthusiast.[1] From 2000 to early 2013 he was a software architect for Microsoft where he headed the Cloud Programmability Team.[2] He then founded Applied Duality Inc.[3] in 2013. Before that, he was an associate professor at Utrecht University. Since 2015 he has been a Director of Engineering at Facebook. He received his Ph.D. from Nijmegen University in 1992.

Meijer's research has included the areas of functional programming (particularly Haskell[4]) compiler implementation, parsing, programming language design, XML, and foreign function interfaces.

His work at Microsoft included C#, Visual Basic, LINQ, Volta, and the reactive programming framework (Reactive Extensions) for the .NET Framework.

In 2009, he was the recipient of the Microsoft Outstanding Technical Leadership Award[5] and in 2007 the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award as a member of the C# team.[6]

Meijer lived in the Netherlands Antilles until the age 14 when his father retired from his job and the family moved back to the Netherlands.[7]

In 2011 Erik Meijer was appointed part-time professor of Cloud Programming within the Software Engineering Research Group at Delft University of Technology.[8] He is also member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board.[9] Since 2013 he is also Honorary Professor of Programming Language Design at the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham, associated with the Functional Programming Laboratory.

In early 2013 Erik Meijer left Microsoft and started Applied Duality Incorporated. During this period he worked on the Hack language with Facebook, RxJava library with Netflix and Dart language with Google.[10]

On Christmas 2014 Erik Meijer was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia and suffered a close to death experience for which he was hospitalized.[10]

He teaches a course on the MOOC provider Coursera, called "Principles of Reactive Programming",[11] and a course on edX called "Introduction to Functional Programming".[12]


  1. ^ "Twitter post, 28 February 2014".
  2. ^ "Erik Meijer and Team: Cloud Data Programmability - Connecting the Distributed Dots | Going Deep | Channel 9". 22 January 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Applied Duality Inc". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The Haskell 98 Language Report". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Microsoft TCN - Awards and Recognitions". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Microsoft TCN - Awards and Recognitions". Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Erik Meijer: Rebel with a Cause | Behind The Code | Channel 9". 4 March 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  8. ^ [1] Archived December 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Editorial Board - ACM Queue". Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b GOTO Conferences (21 October 2015), One Hacker Way • Erik Meijer, archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 29 June 2016
  11. ^ "Free Online Courses From Top Universities". Coursera. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Introduction to Functional Programming". edX. Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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