Matt Welsh (computer scientist)

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Matt Welsh
Alma materCornell University
University of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
ThesisAn Architecture for Highly Concurrent, Well-Conditioned Internet Services (2002)
Doctoral advisorDavid Culler

Matthew David "Matt" Welsh is a computer scientist and software engineer at, which he joined after spending eight years at Google. 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,[1] the LinuxDoc format[2] and articles in the Linux Journal.[3]

In November 2010, five months after being granted tenure,[4] Welsh announced that he was leaving Harvard.[5]

He is a 1992 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.[6]

Welsh received a BS from Cornell University in 1996 and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and 2002, respectively.[7] He spent the 1996-7 school year at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and at the University of Glasgow.[3]

The Social Network[edit]

Welsh taught the operating system 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.[8][9]


  • 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.
  • See footnotes below


  1. ^ Google internal search for Matt Welsh at The Linux Documentation Project
  2. ^ Announcement "Linuxdoc-SGML v1.1 now available" 1994-06-07
  3. ^ a b Welsh, Matt; Kaufman, Lar (August 1996) [1995]. "About the authors". In Oram, Andy (ed.). Running Linux (2nd ed.). Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly & Associates. p. 631. ISBN 1-56592-151-8.
  4. ^ Matt Welsh promoted to full professor; granted tenure
  5. ^ Why I'm leaving Harvard
  6. ^ Welsh, Matt. "NCSSM and how it saved my life". Volatile and Decentralized.
  7. ^ "Matt Welsh". Harvard University. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  8. ^ "NCSSM commencement speech".
  9. ^ "In Defense of Mark Zuckerberg".

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