Michael Schroeder

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Michael David Schroeder
Born1945 (age 73–74)
Alma materWashington State University
Known forNeedham–Schroeder protocol
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorJerry Saltzer

Michael Schroeder is an American computer scientist. His areas of research include computer security, distributed systems and operating systems and he is perhaps best known as the co-inventor of the Needham–Schroeder protocol. In 2001 he co-founded the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab and was the Assistant Managing Director until the lab was disbanded in 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

Schroeder was born in 1945 in Richland, Washington. He did his undergraduate work at Washington State University and went to graduate school at MIT, obtaining his PhD in 1972.

Starting in 1976 he has been on the MIT EECS department faculty, at Xerox PARC, and at the DEC Systems Research Center. At MIT he was involved with Multics, where his contributions included a seminal work on security architecture for shared information systems.[1]

Some other systems he has built are Grapevine (distributed system), the filesystem of Cedar, Topaz (distributed OS), Autonet (LAN) and Pachyderm (web based email).


In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[2]

In 2006 ACM SIGSAC presented him with the Outstanding Innovations Award "for technical contributions to the field of computer and communication security that have had lasting impact in furthering or understanding the theory and/or development of commercial systems."

In 2007 NIST/NSA gave him the National Computer Systems Security Award. In 2008 ACM SIGOPS chose the paper Grapevine: An Exercise in Distributed Computing, which he coauthored, for a Hall of Fame Award "that recognizes the most influential operating systems papers in the peer-reviewed literature at least ten year old."

Gilbert Munger[edit]

He is a leading expert on the American landscape painter Gilbert Munger [1837-1903], for whom he authors a web-based catalogue raisonné and archive of period documents. With J. Gray Sweeney of Arizona State University he wrote the book Gilbert Munger: Quest for Distinction (Afton Historical Society Press, 2003).


  1. ^ Saltzer, J. H.; Schroeder, M. D. (September 1975). "The Protection of Information in Computer Systems". Proceedings of the IEEE. 63 (9): 1278–1308. doi:10.1109/PROC.1975.9939. ISSN 0018-9219. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  2. ^ "Michael D Schroeder". ACM Awards. ACM. 2004. Retrieved 2017-11-11. For contributions to distributed computing systems, security, and networking.

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