Peter G. Neumann

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Peter G. Neumann
Born1932 (age 91–92)
Alma materHarvard University
Known forRISKS Digest
Multics operating system
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsSRI International
Thesis Efficient Error-Limiting Codes  (1961)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Oettinger[1]

Peter Gabriel Neumann (born 1932) is a computer-science researcher who worked on the Multics operating system in the 1960s.[2] He edits the RISKS Digest columns for ACM Software Engineering Notes and Communications of the ACM.[3] He founded ACM SIGSOFT and is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE,[4] and AAAS.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Neumann holds three degrees from Harvard University: an A.B. (1954) in Mathematics, and an S.M. (1955) and Ph.D. (1961) in Applied Mathematics and Science. He held a Fulbright scholarship in Germany from 1958–1960.

While a student at Harvard, he had a two-hour breakfast with Albert Einstein, on 8 November 1952, discussing simplicity in design.[6]


Neumann worked at Bell Labs from 1960 to 1970. He has worked at SRI International in Menlo Park, California since 1971.

Before the RISKS mailing list, Neumann was known for the Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS).[7]

Neumann worked with Dorothy E. Denning in the 1980s to develop a computer intrusion detection system known as IDES that was a model for later computer security software.[8][9]

Memberships and awards[edit]

Neumann has long served as moderator of RISKS Digest and is a member of the ACCURATE project.[10]

Neumann is the founding editor of ACM Software Engineering Notes (SEN), and is a Fellow of the ACM.[11]

In 2018, Neumann received the EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award from Electronic Privacy Information Center.[12]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Neumann, Peter G., Computer-Related Risks, Addison-Wesley/ACM Press, ISBN 0-201-55805-X, 1995.


  1. ^ Peter G. Neumann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ R. C. Daley and P. G. Neumann (1965). "A General-Purpose File System For Secondary Storage". 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conference. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02.
  3. ^ "Risks Forum - ACM Queue". Archived from the original on 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  4. ^ "IEEE - Fellows - N". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  5. ^ "AAAS - the World's Largest General Scientific Society". Archived from the original on 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  6. ^ Markoff, John (2012-10-30). "Killing the Computer to Save It". The New York Times. p. D1.
  7. ^ Feiertag, Richard J.; Neumann, Peter G. (1979). "The foundations of a provably secure operating system (PSOS)" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Computer Conference. SRI International, Menlo Park, California: AFIPS Press. pp. 329–334. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ Denning, Dorothy; Neumann, Peter (1985). "Requirements and Model for IDES - A Real-Time Intrusion Detection System" (PDF).
  9. ^ Denning, Dorothy (February 1987). "An Intrusion-Detection Model" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. SE-13 (2): 222–232. doi:10.1109/TSE.1987.232894. S2CID 10028835. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  10. ^ Neumann, Peter G. (2007-11-30). "Security and Privacy Risks in Voter Registration Databases (VRDBs)". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  11. ^ Association for Computing Machinery. "ACM: Fellows Award / Peter G Neumann". Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006.
  12. ^ "Annual Report of the ACM CCPP 2018". SRI International. 2018.

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