STEM Supremes: In Conversation with Barbara Liskov
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
The New York Academy of Sciences
Join us for STEM Supremes, a series of conversations with leading women in science and tech, where we will explore their careers, discoveries, insights, and what they see on the horizon in their respective fields.
This event will feature Dr. Barbara H. Liskov, a pioneer in object-oriented programming, who is perhaps best known for her seminal work on data abstraction - a fundamental tool for organizing programs. Her research in the early 1970s led to the design and implementation of CLU, the first programming language to support data abstraction. Since 1975, every important programming language, including Java, has borrowed ideas from CLU. Among Dr. Liskov's other extraordinary contributions is the Argus distributed programming language, a groundbreaking high-level programming language used to support implementation of distributed programs that run on computers connected by a network, such as the Internet. Her recent efforts have concentrated on language-based security and on making Byzantine fault tolerance practical.
Dr. Liskov is the Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has taught since 1972. A member of the IEEE and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Liskov is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Association for Computing Machinery. She received the 2004 IEEE John von Neumann Medal and the Association of Computer Machinery's 2009 Turing Award.