Robert Lee Constable

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Robert Lee Constable
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materPrinceton University, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Known forNuprl
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsCornell University
Doctoral advisorStephen Kleene
Other academic advisorsAlonzo Church
Doctoral studentsAllan Borodin
Edmund M. Clarke
Robert Harper
Kurt Mehlhorn
Steven Muchnick
Pavel Naumov

Robert Lee Constable (born 1942) is an American computer scientist. He is a professor of computer science and first and former dean of the department at Cornell University, United States. He is known for his work on connecting computer programs and mathematical proofs, especially the Nuprl system. Alonzo Church was supervising the junior thesis of Robert while he was studying in Princeton.[1] Constable received his PhD in 1968 under Stephen Kleene and has supervised over 40 students, including Edmund M. Clarke, Robert Harper, Kurt Mehlhorn, Steven Muchnick, Pavel Naumov, and Ryan Stansifer.[2] He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Constable has been a director of the Marktoberdorf Summer School.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • R. L. Constable and M. J. O'Donnell. A Programming Logic, Winthrop, Cambridge, 1978.
  • R. L. Constable, S. D. Johnson and C. D. Eichenlaub. An Introduction to the PL/CV2 Programming Logic. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science 135, Springer-Verlag, 1982
  • PRL Group. Implementing Mathematics with the Nuprl Proof Development System. Prentice-Hall, Engelwood Cliffs, NJ, 1986.


  1. ^ Constable, Robert L.; Gries, David (21 July 2015). "A Conversation with Robert L. Constable". Digital Repository of Cornell University. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Robert Lee Constable". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Robert L. Constable". Cornell University. 1997. Retrieved 2 September 2015.

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