Fernando Pérez (software developer)

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Fernando Pérez
Perez in 2012
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder (PhD)
OccupationAssociate Professor
EmployerUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forIPython and Project Jupyter programming environments
AwardsFree Software Award, ACM Software System Award

Fernando Pérez is a Colombian-American physicist, software developer, and free software advocate. He is best known as the creator of the IPython programming environment,[1][2][3][4][5][6] for which he received the 2012 Free Software Award from the Free Software Foundation and for his work on Project Jupyter for which he received the 2017 ACM Software System Award .[7][8][9] He is a fellow of the Python Software Foundation,[10] and a founding member of the NumFOCUS organization.[11][12]

Life and career[edit]

Fernando Pérez was born in Medellín, Colombia, and has BSc in Physics from University of Antioquia and a PhD in particle physics from University of Colorado Boulder, where he worked on numerical simulations in Lattice QCD.[13] He moved to California in 2008, where he currently works as an associate professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Statistics.[14] Previously, he was a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory[13] and associate researcher at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS).[11][15] Pérez was named Faculty Director at BIDS stating July 2024.[16][17]

Pérez began working on IPython as a side project in 2001, and is a co-founder of Project Jupyter, which evolved from IPython in 2014.[1][8][18]


  1. ^ a b Research Tools: Jump Off the Page by Amanda Mascarelli. Nature 507, 523-525 (March 2014) doi:10.1038/nj7493-523a
  2. ^ Interactive notebooks: Sharing the code by Helen Shen. Nature 515, 151–152 (November 2014) doi:10.1038/515151a
  3. ^ IPython founder details road map for interactive computing platform by Paul Krill. Infoworld, February 14, 2014
  4. ^ IPython Sponsored By Microsoft by Alex Armstrong. I Programmer, October 2013
  5. ^ $6M for UC Berkeley and Cal Poly to expand and enhance open-source software for scientific computing and data science. Moore Foundation Press Release, July 2015.
  6. ^ UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Receive $6 Million for Open Source Project by Leila Meyer. Campus Technology, July 2015.
  7. ^ 2012 Free Software Award winners announced by Libby Reinish. Free Software Foundation, March 2013.
  8. ^ a b Wresting New Tricks From a Python: Fernando Perez Wins 2012 Award for the Advancement of Free Software by Wallace Ravven, Berkeley Research News, April 2013
  9. ^ Free Software Awards für IPython und OpenMRS. heise Open Source, March 2013
  10. ^ "PSF Membership Roster". Python.org. Archived from the original on 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  11. ^ a b "Fernando Pérez". Berkeley Institute for Data Science.
  12. ^ "Get Involved with the NumFOCUS Community". NumFOCUS.
  13. ^ a b "New Employee Profiles: Jan 2015". cs.lbl.gov.
  14. ^ "Faculty | Department of Statistics". statistics.berkeley.edu.
  15. ^ Project Jupyter gets $6M to expand collaborative data-science software by Sarah Yang. UC Berkeley News, July 07 2015
  16. ^ "Pérez named Faculty Director at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science".
  17. ^ "Berkeley Institute for Data Science appoints Fernando Pérez as the next Faculty Director".
  18. ^ "History — IPython documentation". ipython.org.

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