John Hughes (computer scientist)

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John Hughes.

R. John M. Hughes (born (1958-07-15) 15 July 1958 (age 62)) is a Swedish computer scientist and professor in the department of Computing Science at the Chalmers University of Technology.[1]


In 1984, Hughes received his PhD from the University of Oxford for the thesis "The Design and Implementation of Programming Languages".[2]

Hughes is a member of the Functional Programming group at Chalmers, and much of his research relates to the Haskell programming language. He does research in the field of programming languages and is the author of many influential research papers on the subject, including "Why Functional Programming Matters".[3]

Hughes is one of the developers of QuickCheck, as well as cofounder and CEO of QuviQ, which provides the QuickCheck software and offers classes in how to use it.[4]

In 2016 he appeared in the popular science YouTube channel Computerphile explaining Functional Programming and QuickCheck.[5][6]


Hughes was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018 for "contributions to software testing and functional programming".[7]

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  1. ^ "Chalmers Staff Page".
  2. ^ THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES (PDF), University of Oxford, July 1983, retrieved 7 November 2018 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hughes, John (1989). "Why Functional Programming Matters". Computer Journal. 32 (2): 98–107. doi:10.1093/comjnl/32.2.98. Retrieved 6 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ IOHK (26 September 2018), IOHK - QuviQ Functional Correctness Training - John Hughes, retrieved 7 September 2019 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Computerphile (30 November 2016), Functional Programming & Haskell - Computerphile, retrieved 11 January 2018 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Computerphile (18 January 2017), Code Checking Automation - Computerphile, retrieved 11 January 2018 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ 2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age, Association for Computing Machinery, 5 December 2018


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