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Luca Andrea Cardelli FRS is an Italian computer scientist who is an Assistant Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK.[1][5] Cardelli is well known for his research in type theory and operational semantics.[6][7] Among other contributions, he helped design Modula-3, implemented the first compiler for the (non-pure) functional programming language ML, and defined the concept of typeful programming. He helped develop the Polyphonic C# experimental programming language.[2][8][9][10][11][12]

Luca Cardelli
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Luca Andrea Cardelli

ResidenceCambridge, UK
Alma materUniversity of Pisa[1]
University of Edinburgh
Known forTheory of Objects[2] with Martín Abadi
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (2005)
Dahl-Nygaard Prize (2007)
Fellow of the ACM
Scientific career
FieldsType theory
Operational semantics
InstitutionsBell Labs
Microsoft Research
Digital Equipment Corporation
University of Edinburgh
University of Oxford[3]
ThesisAn algebraic approach to hardware description and verification (1982)
Doctoral advisorGordon Plotkin[4]


He was born in Montecatini Terme, Italy. He attended the University of Pisa[1] before receiving his PhD[13] from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. Before joining Microsoft Research in 1997, he worked for Bell Labs and Digital Equipment Corporation,[1] and contributed to Unix software including vismon.[14]


In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2007, Cardelli was awarded the Senior AITO Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard prize.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "CARDELLI, Luca". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Cardelli, Luca; Abadi, Martín (1996). A theory of objects. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-94775-4.
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  4. ^ Luca Cardelli at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Dalchau, N.; Phillips, A.; Goldstein, L. D.; Howarth, M.; Cardelli, L.; Emmott, S.; Elliott, T.; Werner, J. M. (2011). Chakraborty, Arup K (ed.). "A Peptide Filtering Relation Quantifies MHC Class I Peptide Optimization". PLoS Computational Biology. 7 (10): e1002144. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002144. PMC 3195949. PMID 22022238.
  6. ^ Cardelli, L. (1996). "Bad engineering properties of object-orient languages". ACM Computing Surveys. 28 (4es): 150–es. doi:10.1145/242224.242415.
  7. ^ Cardelli, Luca; Wegner, Peter (December 1985). "On understanding types, data abstraction, and polymorphism" (PDF). ACM Computing Surveys. 17 (4): 471–523. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/6041.6042. ISSN 0360-0300.
  8. ^ Luca Cardelli author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  9. ^ Luca Cardelli at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  11. ^ Luca Cardelli's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Abadi, M.; Cardelli, L.; Curien, P. L.; Levy, J. J. (1990). "Explicit substitutions". Proceedings of the 17th ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT symposium on Principles of programming languages - POPL '90. p. 31. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/96709.96712. ISBN 978-0897913430.
  13. ^ Cardelli, Luca (1982). An algebraic approach to hardware description and verification (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh.
  14. ^ McIlroy, M. D. (1987). A Research Unix reader: annotated excerpts from the Programmer's Manual, 1971–1986 (PDF) (Technical report). CSTR. Bell Labs. 139.
  15. ^ The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize Winners for 2007

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