|Born||January 19, 1948|
|Alma mater||Brooklyn College|
|Known for||Distributed systems|
|Awards||ACM Fellow (1997)|
Dijkstra Prize (2001, 2007)
Member, National Academy of Engineering (2001)
Van Wijngaarden Award (2006)
IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (2010)
Member, National Academy of Sciences (2015)
Knuth Prize (2007)
University of Southern California
Florida International University
|Thesis||Relativization of the Theory of Computational Complexity (1972)|
|Doctoral advisor||Albert R. Meyer|
|Doctoral students||Cal Newport|
Nancy Ann Lynch (born January 19, 1948) is a mathematician, a theorist, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering in the EECS department and heads the "Theory of Distributed Systems" research group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Education and early life
She served on the math and computer science faculty at several other universities, including Tufts University, the University of Southern California, Florida International University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), prior to joining the MIT faculty in 1982. Since then, she has been working on applying mathematics to the tasks of understanding and constructing complex distributed systems.
Her 1985 work with Michael J. Fischer and Mike Paterson on consensus problems received the PODC Influential-Paper Award in 2001. Their work showed that in an asynchronous distributed system, consensus is impossible if there is one processor that crashes. On their contribution, Jennifer Welch wrote that "this result has had a monumental impact in distributed computing, both theory and practice. Systems designers were motivated to clarify their claims concerning under what circumstances the systems work."
She is the author of numerous research articles about distributed algorithms and impossibility results, and about formal modeling and validation of distributed systems (see, e.g., input/output automaton). She is the author of the graduate textbook "Distributed Algorithms". She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and an ACM Fellow.
- 1997: ACM Fellow
- 2001: Dijkstra Paper Prize of PODC conference
- 2001: Elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for the development of theoretical foundations for distributed computing.
- 2006: Van Wijngaarden Award
- 2007: Knuth Prize
- 2007: Dijkstra Paper Prize of PODC conference
- 2010: IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award
- 2012: Athena Lecturer
- 2015: National Academy of Sciences
- Who's who of American women. Marquis Who's Who, 1973. p. 587.
- Nancy, Lynch (1972). Relativization of the theory of computational complexity (Ph.D.). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/12180.
- Nancy Lynch at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Fischer, M. J.; Lynch, N. A.; Paterson, M. S. (1985). "Impossibility of distributed consensus with one faulty process" (PDF). Journal of the ACM. 32 (2): 374–382. doi:10.1145/3149.214121. S2CID 207660233.
- "PODC Influential Paper Award: 2001". Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- Lynch, Nancy (1996). Distributed Algorithms. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. ISBN 978-1-55860-348-6.
- "Nancy A Lynch – Award Winner". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Nancy A. Lynch". NAE. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
- "IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
- "Lynch named Athena Lecturer". MIT News. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
- Nancy Lynch's home page at MIT
- Works by or about Nancy Lynch in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- "Nancy Lynch Celebration: Sixty and Beyond". A series of invited lectures at PODC 2008 and CONCUR 2008.