Michael Hennell

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Professor Michael A. Hennell (born 9 September 1940) is a British computer scientist who has made leading contributions in the field of software testing.[1][2]

Michael Hennell is Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool in England.

As part of his leading role in software testing, Hennell is a member of the editorial board of the journal Software Testing, Verification and Reliability (STVR), a major international journal in the field of software testing.[3]

Hennell's academic research was initially conducted in Nuclear physics, resulting in the use of Computational science for addressing complex nuclear mathematics.[4] Assessing the quality of the mathematical libraries on which this work depended lead Professor Hennell into the world of Software testing,[5][6][7] specifically in the use of Static code analysis for quantifying the effectiveness of test data,[8] which led to the development of the Linear Code Sequence and Jump concept.

In 1975 Professor Hennell founded Liverpool Data Research Associates Ltd. (LDRA) to commercialize the software test-bed designed to analyse numerical software.


  1. ^ Michael Hennell at DBLP Bibliography Server
  2. ^ Michael Hennell, Scientific Commons.
  3. ^ [1] Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, Software Testing, Verification and Reliability
  4. ^ M.A. Hennell, An effective Hamiltonian method for the solution of the Schrodinger equation. I. The one-dimensional problem, 1975 J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 8 171-17
  5. ^ M. A. Hennell, An experimental testbed for numerical software. {I}. {Fortran}, The Computer Journal 21(4):333--336, @nov, 1978
  6. ^ M. A. Hennell and D. Hedley, An experimental testbed for numerical software. {II}. {ALGOL 68}, The Computer Journal 22(1):53--56, @feb, 1979
  7. ^ M.A. Hennell, M.R. Woodward and D Hedley, Towards More Advanced Testing Techniques, Workshop on Reliable Software pp. 19-29., ed. by P. Raulefs, Hanser (Munchen-Wien) 1979 ISBN 3-446-12910-3
  8. ^ M.A. Hennell, D. Hedley and M.R. Woodward, Quantifying the Test Effectiveness of Algol 68 Programs, Proceedings of the Strathclyde ALGOL 68 conference 1977, pp. 36 - 41, ISSN 0362-1340