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Leslie B. Lamport

February 7, 1941 (1941-02-07) (age 80)
Alma mater
Known for
  • LaTeX
  • Sequential consistency
  • Atomic Register Hierarchy
  • Lamport's bakery algorithm
  • Byzantine fault tolerance
  • Paxos algorithm
  • Lamport signature
  • Dijkstra Prize (2000, 2005, and 2014)
  • IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (2004)
  • IEEE John von Neumann Medal (2008)
  • Turing Award (2013)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • ACM Fellow (2014)
Scientific career
Fields Computer science
  • Microsoft Research
  • Compaq
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
  • SRI International
Thesis The analytic Cauchy problem with singular data (1972)
Doctoral advisor Richard Palais

Leslie B. Lamport (born February 7, 1941) is an American computer scientist. Lamport is best known for his seminal work in distributed systems, and as the initial developer of the document preparation system LaTeX and the author of its first manual. Leslie Lamport was the winner of the 2013 Turing Award for imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems, in which several autonomous computers communicate with each other by passing messages. He devised important algorithms and developed formal modeling and verification protocols that improve the quality of real distributed systems. These contributions have resulted in improved correctness, performance, and reliability of computer systems.

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