James Aspnes

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James Aspnes
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science;
InstitutionsYale University
ThesisWait-Free Consensus (1992)
Doctoral advisorSteven Rudich[1]

James Aspnes is a professor in Computer Science at Yale University. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.[2] His main research interest is distributed algorithms.

In 1989, he wrote and operated TinyMUD, one of the first "social" MUDs that allowed players to build a shared virtual world.

He is the son of David E. Aspnes, Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University.


  • The Dylan Hixon '88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences. Awarded by Yale College, 2000.
  • IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1991–1992.
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship, 1987–1990.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1987.
  • Dijkstra Prize, 2020


  1. ^ James Aspnes at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "James Aspnes". ACM SIGACT Theoretical Computer Science genealogy database. Archived from the original on September 8, 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-16.

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