Matthew David Welsh
|Education||North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics|
|Alma mater||Cornell University (BS)|
University of California, Berkeley (MS, PhD)
|Thesis||An Architecture for Highly Concurrent, Well-Conditioned Internet Services (2002)|
|Doctoral advisor||David Culler|
Matthew David Welsh is a computer scientist and software engineer and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Fixie.ai, which he started after stints at Google, xnor.ai, and Apple. He was the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University and author of several books about the Linux operating system, several Linux HOWTOs, the LinuxDoc format and articles in the Linux Journal.
Welsh received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1996 and Master of Science and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He spent the 1996–97 academic year at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and at the University of Glasgow. His thesis was supervised by David Culler and Eric Brewer.
Career and research
Welsh has led teams at Google and Apple Inc., and served a Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. In November 2010, five months after being granted tenure, Welsh announced that he was leaving Harvard.
The Social Network
Welsh taught the operating systems class at Harvard in which Mark Zuckerberg was a student. Welsh was later portrayed by actor Brian Palermo in the movie The Social Network featuring Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook. Welsh was reportedly paid $200 for his Powerpoint slides used in the movie.
His publications include:
- Matt Welsh publications indexed by Google Scholar
- Matt Welsh at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- McKendrick, Joe (28 December 2022). "It's the end of programming as we know it -- again". zdnet.com. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
- Google internal search for Matt Welsh at The Linux Documentation Project
- Announcement "Linuxdoc-SGML v1.1 now available" 1994-06-07
- Welsh, Matt; Kaufman, Lar (August 1996) . "About the authors". In Oram, Andy (ed.). Running Linux (2nd ed.). Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly & Associates. p. 631. ISBN 1-56592-151-8.
- Welsh, Matt (8 October 2012). "NCSSM and how it saved my life". Volatile and Decentralized.
- Welsh, Matthew David (2002). An Architecture for Highly Concurrent, Well-Conditioned Internet Services. berkeley.edu (PhD thesis). University of California, Berkeley. OCLC 892830129. ProQuest 304740948.
- Anon (2010). "Matt Welsh promoted to full professor; granted tenure". harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-11-19.
- Welsh, Matt (2010). "Why I'm leaving Harvard". blogspot.com.
- "NCSSM commencement speech".
- "In Defense of Mark Zuckerberg". 10 October 2010.
- Dalheimer, Matthias Kalle; Welsh, Matt (2005). Running Linux (5th ed.). O'Reilly Media. ISBN 978-0596007607. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Welsh, Matt; Hughes, Phil; Bandel, David; Beletsky, Boris; Dreilinger, Sean; Kiesling, Robert; Liebovitch, Evan; Pierce, Henry (1998) [1992-1996]. Linux Installation and Getting Started (2nd ed.). Specialized System Consultants. ISBN 1-57831-001-6. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- Welsh, Matt (2022). "The End of Programming". Communications of the ACM. 66 (1): 34–35. doi:10.1145/3570220.