Richard Fateman

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Richard Jay Fateman
Richard Fateman 1981 (headshot).jpg
Born (1946-11-04) November 4, 1946 (age 74)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.S. (1966), Union College
Ph.D. (1971), Harvard University
OccupationComputer scientist
EmployerUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forMacsyma, Franz Lisp
Spouse(s)Martha Fateman
Call signKJ6BIH

Richard J. Fateman (born November 4, 1946)[1] is a professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

He received a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Union College in June, 1966, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in June, 1971. He was a major contributor to the Macsyma computer algebra system at MIT and later to the Franz Lisp system. His current interests include scientific programming environments; computer algebra systems; distributed computing; analysis of algorithms; programming and measurement of large systems; design and implementation of programming languages; and optical character recognition. In 1999, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Richard Fateman is the father of musician Johanna Fateman.


  1. ^ Page 97, Who's who in California, Volume 22, Alice Catt Armstrong, Sarah Alice Vitale, Who's Who Historical Society, 1993 - California

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