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Nationality  British
Name  Jean Bacon

Fields  Distributed computing
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Institutions  University of Cambridge
Books  The Motorola MC68000: An Introduction to Processor, Memory, and Interfacing

Institution  University of Cambridge

Jean Bacon (born 1942) is a British emeritus professor of distributed systems at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where she co-headed the Opera Research Group from its founding in the 1990s. Previously, she taught at Hatfield Technical College where, in the 1970s, she was involved in the design of one of the earliest computer science degree programs offered in the United Kingdom. Bacon retired from her faculty position at Cambridge in 2010 but has continued to work on Opera projects related to distributed systems and security in cloud computing.


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Early life and career

Bacon was born in Sheffield in 1942 in a working-class family. She received her B.S. in mathematics from University of London. Her first introduction to computing came from a summer job in the early 1960s, after which she worked in computer-related jobs at the National Physical Laboratory and the GEC Hirst Research Centre. In 1968 she transitioned to teaching in Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma programs while working on her M.Sc. on a part-time basis. She moved in 1973 to Hatfield – now the University of Hertfordshire – where she was involved in designing an early example of a degree program in computer science. After the birth of her son in 1976, Bacon continued to teach while working on her Ph.D. at Hatfield part-time, studying kernel design and distributed systems.

Research career

In 1985 Bacon moved to a faculty position in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where her work focused on the design of distributed systems and middleware. She was the first woman to join the Computer Laboratory. There she was a co-leader of the Opera Research Group since its founding in the 1990s. She has also published several textbooks on concurrent and distributed systems.

Bacon is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the British Computer Society. She was the founding editor in chief of the IEEE publication now known as IEEE Distributed Systems Online and served two terms on the IEEE Board of Governors from 2002–04 and 2005–07. In 2013, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by Open University.

Personal life

Bacon has one son, born in 1976. She is also an artist and has exhibited paintings.


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