Richard Bird (computer scientist)

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Richard Simpson Bird
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Professor Richard S. Bird
Born(1943-02-13)13 February 1943
London, England
Died4 April 2022(2022-04-04) (aged 79)
Known forAlgorithm design
Functional programming
Bird–Meertens formalism
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of Reading
University of Oxford

Richard Simpson Bird (4 February 1943 – 4 April 2022) was a Supernumerary Fellow of Computation at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, in Oxford England,[1] and former director of the Oxford University Computing Laboratory (now the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford).[2]

Bird's research interests lay in algorithm design and functional programming, and he was known as a regular contributor to the Journal of Functional Programming and the author of Introduction to Functional Programming using Haskell and other books.[3] His name is associated with the Bird–Meertens formalism, a calculus for deriving programs from specifications in a functional programming style.

Formerly, Bird was at the University of Reading.

He was a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IFIP Working Group 2.1 on Algorithmic Languages and Calculi,[4] which specified, supports, and maintains the programming languages ALGOL 60 and ALGOL 68.[5]


  1. ^ Fellows & Staff, Lincoln College, Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ Richard Bird, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, UK.
  3. ^ Publications, Richard Bird, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, UK.
  4. ^ Jeuring, Johan; Meertens, Lambert; Guttmann, Walter (17 August 2016). "Profile of IFIP Working Group 2.1". Foswiki. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  5. ^ Swierstra, Doaitse; Gibbons, Jeremy; Meertens, Lambert (2 March 2011). "ScopeEtc: IFIP21: Foswiki". Foswiki. Retrieved 10 September 2020.

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