Butler Lampson is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft
Corporation and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering at MIT. He was on the
faculty at Berkeley
and then at the Computer Science Laboratory at Xerox PARC and at Digital’s Systems Research Center. He has worked on computer architecture, local
area networks, raster printers, page description languages, operating systems,
remote procedure call, programming languages and their semantics, programming
in the large, fault-tolerant computing, transaction processing, computer
security, WHSIWYG editors, and tablet computers. He was one of the designers of the SDS 940
time-sharing system, the Alto personal distributed computing system, the Xerox
9700 laser printer, two-phase commit protocols, the Autonet LAN, the SDSI/SPKI system
for network security, the Microsoft Tablet PC software, the Microsoft Palladium
high-assurance stack, and several programming languages.
He received an AB from Harvard University,
a PhD in EECS from the University
of California at
Berkeley, and honorary ScD’s from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich and the University of Bologna. He holds a number of patents on networks,
security, raster printing, and transaction processing. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences
and the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Association for
Computing Machinery and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received
the ACM Software Systems Award in 1984 for his work on the Alto, the IEEE
Computer Pioneer award in 1996, the National Computer Systems Security Award in
1998, the IEEE von Neumann Medal in 2001, the Turing Award in 1992, and the
National Academy of Engineering’s Draper Prize in 2004.
At Microsoft he has worked on anti-piracy, security,
fault-tolerance, and user interfaces. He was one of the designers of Palladium,
and spent two years as an architect in the Tablet PC group. Currently he is in
Microsoft Research, working on security, privacy, and fault-tolerance, and
kibitzing in systems, networking, and other areas.
He was born in Washington,
DC in 1943. He is married to Lois
Alterman Lampson; they have two children, Michael and David.