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Citizenship  British
Name  Simon Jones

Role  Computer scientist
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Born  18 January 1958 (age 57) South Africa (1958-01-18)
Fields  Computer science Functional programming
Institutions  University College London University of Glasgow University of Cambridge Microsoft Research Computing at School
Alma mater  Trinity College, Cambridge
Doctoral students  Maximilian Bolingbroke Andrew Gill Sigbjorn Finne Laszlo Nemeth Paul Roe
Notable awards  FACM (2004) MAE (2011) SIGPLAN Award (2011)
Education  Trinity College, Cambridge
Books  Implementing Functional Languages: A Tutorial, The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages
Similar People  Philip Wadler, Paul Hudak, Douglas Crockford, Brian Kernighan, Jon Bentley

Known for  Glasgow Haskell Compiler

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Simon Peyton Jones FRS (born 18 January 1958) is a British computer scientist who researches the implementation and applications of functional programming languages, particularly lazy functional programming. He is an honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow and co-supervises PhD students at the University of Cambridge.


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Peyton Jones graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1980 and went on to complete the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science.

Career and research

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Peyton Jones worked in industry for two years before serving as a lecturer at University College London and, from 1990 to 1998, as a professor at the University of Glasgow. Since 1998 he has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England.

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He is a major contributor to the design of the Haskell programming language, and a lead developer of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He is also co-creator of the C-- programming language, designed for intermediate program representation between the language-specific front-end of a compiler and a general-purpose back-end code generator and optimiser. C-- is used in GHC.

He was also a major contributor to the 1999 book Cybernauts Awake, which explored the ethical and spiritual implications of the Internet.

Peyton Jones chairs the Computing At School (CAS) group, an organisation which aims to promote the teaching of computer science at school.

Awards and honours

In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for contributions to functional programming languages. In 2011 he received membership in the Academia Europaea.

In 2011, he and Simon Marlow were awarded the SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award for their work on GHC.

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.


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