Fernando Pérez (software developer)

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Fernando Pérez
Fernando Perez - 2012 FSF Award (cropped).jpg
Perez in 2012
Alma materUniversity of Colorado
OccupationAssistant Professor
EmployerUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forIPython and Project Jupyter programming environments
AwardsFree Software Award, ACM Software System Award

Fernando Pérez is a physicist, software developer, and free software advocate. He is best known as the creator of the IPython programming environment, which is inspired by Wolfram Notebooks,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] for which he received the 2012 Free Software Award from the Free Software Foundation.[8][9][10] He is a fellow of the Python Software Foundation,[11] and a founding member of the NumFOCUS organization.[12][13]

Life and career[edit]

Fernando Pérez was born in Medellín, Colombia, and has a PhD in Particle Physics from University of Colorado Boulder, where he worked on numerical simulations in Lattice QCD.[14] He moved to California in 2008, where he currently works as an assistant professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Statistics.[15]. Previously, he was a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory[14] and associate researcher at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.[12][16]

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.[2][9][17]


  1. ^ Somers, James (2018-04-05). "The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete". The Atlantic. ISSN 1072-7825. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  2. ^ a b Research Tools: Jump Off the Page by Amanda Mascarelli. Nature 507, 523-525 (March 2014) doi:10.1038/nj7493-523a
  3. ^ Interactive notebooks: Sharing the code by Helen Shen. Nature 515, 151–152 (November 2014) doi:10.1038/515151a
  4. ^ IPython founder details road map for interactive computing platform by Paul Krill. Infoworld, February 14, 2014
  5. ^ IPython Sponsored By Microsoft by Alex Armstrong. I Programmer, October 2013
  6. ^ $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.
  7. ^ UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Receive $6 Million for Open Source Project by Leila Meyer. Campus Technology, July 2015.
  8. ^ 2012 Free Software Award winners announced by Libby Reinish. Free Software Foundation, March 2013.
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Free Software Awards für IPython und OpenMRS. heise Open Source, March 2013
  11. ^ Python Software Foundation Fellows
  12. ^ a b Berkeley Institute for Data Science: People
  13. ^ NumFOCUS member list
  14. ^ a b LBL new hires: January 2015
  15. ^ Berkeley Department of Statistics: Faculty
  16. ^ Project Jupyter gets $6M to expand collaborative data-science software by Sarah Yang. UC Berkeley News, July 07 2015
  17. ^ IPython History