Henry Baker (computer scientist)

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Henry Baker
Alma mater MIT
Thesis Actor systems for real-time computation (1978)
Doctoral advisor Carl Hewitt

Henry Givens Baker Jr. is a computer scientist who has made contributions in garbage collection, functional programming languages, and linear logic. He was also one of the founders of Symbolics. In 2006 he was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery.

He is notable for his research in garbage collection, particularly Baker's real-time copying collector, and on the Actor model.

Baker received his B.Sc. (1969), S.M. (1973), E.E. (1973), and Ph.D. (1978) degrees at M.I.T.

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  • Carl Hewitt and Henry Baker Actors and Continuous Functionals Proceeding of IFIP Working Conference on Formal Description of Programming Concepts. August 1–5, 1977.
  • Carl Hewitt, Henry G. Baker (1977). "Laws for Communicating Parallel Processes". IFIP Congress: 987–92. 
  • Henry Baker. Actor Systems for Real-Time Computation MIT EECS Doctoral Dissertation. January 1978.
  • Henry G. Baker (1978). "Shallow binding in LISP 1.5". Communications of the ACM 21 (7): 565–9. doi:10.1145/359545.359566. 

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