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Gregor Kiczales

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Gregor Kiczales
Gregor Kiczales
Gregor Jean Kiczales

1961 (age 62–63)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (dropped out)
OccupationComputer Scientist
EmployerUniversity of British Columbia
Known foraspect-oriented programming, AspectJ

Gregor Kiczales is an American computer scientist. He is currently a professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] He is best known for developing the concept of aspect-oriented programming,[2] and the AspectJ extension to the Java programming language, both of which he designed while working at Xerox PARC.[3] He is also one of the co-authors of the specification for the Common Lisp Object System,[4] and is the author of the book The Art of the Metaobject Protocol, along with Jim Des Rivières and Daniel G. Bobrow.[5]

Most of Kiczales' work throughout the years has been focused on allowing software engineers to create programs that look as much as possible like their design, to reduce complexity and make code maintenance easier, ultimately improving software quality.



After pursuing undergraduate studies at MIT, Kiczales started his research career in 1980 at the MIT Lab for Computer Science, where he stayed until 1983. In 1984, he joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center software research lab as Member of Research Staff, becoming Principal Scientist in 1996. Throughout his time at PARC, Kiczales developed some of his most important research works, including aspect-oriented programming and AspectJ. He left PARC in 1999 to focus on computer science education.[6]

In 2000, he moved to Canada and joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia as a tenured professor.[7] At UBC, Kiczales started the Software Practices Lab[8] and designed a number of courses related to software engineering and programming languages. Most importantly, he designed CPSC 110, the introductory programming course in the UBC curriculum, which students take in their first year of undergraduate studies. The course focuses on systematic program design by means of design recipes.[9]

In 2002, he co-founded Intentional Software with Charles Simonyi, but then left the company in 2003 in order to return to UBC.[10]

In 2012, he won the Senior AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize for his work on the Common Lisp Object System,[11] and was named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to aspect-oriented programming.[12]

In July 2017, he was appointed executive director of UBC Extended Learning.[13]

See also



  1. ^ "Gregor Kiczales | Computer Science at UBC". www.cs.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  2. ^ Kiczales, Gregor; Lamping, John; Mendhekar, Anurag; Maeda, Chris; Lopes, Cristina; Loingtier, Jean-Marc; Irwin, John (1997), "Aspect-oriented programming", ECOOP'97 — Object-Oriented Programming, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 220–242, doi:10.1007/bfb0053381, ISBN 9783540630890, S2CID 18357295
  3. ^ Kiczales, Gregor; Hilsdale, Erik; Hugunin, Jim; Kersten, Mik; Palm, Jeffrey; Griswold, William G. (2001-06-18). An Overview of AspectJ. Springer-Verlag. pp. 327–353. ISBN 3540422064.
  4. ^ Bobrow, Daniel G.; DeMichiel, Linda G.; Gabriel, Richard P.; Keene, Sonya E.; Kiczales, Gregor; Moon, David A. (1988-09-01). "Common Lisp Object System specification". ACM SIGPLAN Notices. 23 (SI): 1–142. doi:10.1145/885631.885632. ISSN 0362-1340. S2CID 27580105.
  5. ^ Kiczales, Gregor; Des Rivières, Jim; Bobrow, Daniel G. (1991). The art of the metaobject protocol. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN 0262111586. OCLC 23650336.
  6. ^ Kiczales, Gregor (January 19, 2003). "Gregor Kiczales' CV" (PDF). UBC Department of Computer Science.
  7. ^ "New tech aces boost UBC's profile". Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  8. ^ "Software Practices Lab - Department of Computer Science - UBC". spl.cs.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  9. ^ "UBC CPSC 110". sites.google.com. UBC Computer Science. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  10. ^ "Co-Founder Of Intentional Software Has Left The Company - InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  11. ^ "The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize Winners For 2012". www.aito.org. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  12. ^ "Gregor Kiczales Named 2012 ACM Fellow | Computer Science at UBC". www.cs.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  13. ^ "Gregor Kiczales Welcomed As Executive Director, UBC Extended Learning (UBC ExL) | Vice President Academic". academic.ubc.ca. Archived from the original on 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2018-09-02.