Luca Cardelli

Luca Andrea Cardelli FRS is an Italian computer scientist who is a research professor at the University of Oxford, UK.[6][3][7][8] Cardelli is well known for his research in type theory and operational semantics.[9][10] Among other contributions, in programming languages, he helped design the language Modula-3, implemented the first compiler for the (non-pure) functional language ML, defined the concept of typeful programming, and helped develop the experimental language Polyphonic C#.[1][11][12][13][14]

Luca Cardelli

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Luca Cardelli in 2016
Luca Andrea Cardelli

Alma materUniversity of Pisa
University of Edinburgh (PhD)
Known forTheory of Objects[1]
AwardsDahl–Nygaard Prize (2007)[2]
ACM Fellow (2005)
Scientific career
FieldsTheory of programming languages
Process algebra
Systems biology
Molecular Programming[3]
InstitutionsBell Labs
Microsoft Research
Digital Equipment Corporation
University of Edinburgh
University of Oxford[4]
ThesisAn algebraic approach to hardware description and verification (1982)
Doctoral advisorGordon Plotkin[5] Edit this at Wikidata


He was born in Montecatini Terme, Italy. He attended the University of Pisa[7] before receiving his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1982[15] for research supervised by Gordon Plotkin.[5]

Career and researchEdit

Before joining the University of Oxford in 2014, and Microsoft Research in Cambridge,[7] UK in 1997, he worked for Bell Labs and Digital Equipment Corporation,[7] and contributed to Unix software including vismon.[16]

Awards and honoursEdit

In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2005.[7] In 2007, Cardelli was awarded the Senior AITO Dahl–Nygaard Prize named for Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard.[17]


  1. ^ a b Cardelli, Luca; Abadi, Martín (1996). A theory of objects. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-94775-4. OCLC 34557380.
  2. ^ "The AITO Dahl-Nygaard Prize Winners For 2007". Aito. Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  3. ^ a b Luca Cardelli publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  4. ^ Cardelli, Luca (2021). "Luca Cardelli". Department of Computer Science. University of Oxford.
  5. ^ a b Luca Cardelli at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Computerworld Interview with Luca Cardelli
  7. ^ a b c d e Anon (2013). "Cardelli, Luca". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U244893. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  8. ^ 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. Bibcode:2011PLSCB...7E2144D. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002144. PMC 3195949. PMID 22022238.
  9. ^ Cardelli, L. (1996). "Bad engineering properties of object-orient languages". ACM Computing Surveys. 28 (4es): 150–es. doi:10.1145/242224.242415. S2CID 12105785.
  10. ^ 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. S2CID 2921816.
  11. ^ Luca Cardelli author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  12. ^ Luca Cardelli at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  13. ^ Luca Cardelli publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  14. ^ 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. pp. 31–46. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/96709.96712. ISBN 978-0897913430. S2CID 7265577.
  15. ^ Cardelli, Luca (1982). An algebraic approach to hardware description and verification. (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/13308. OCLC 11197000. EThOS
  16. ^ McIlroy, M. D. (1987). A Research Unix reader: annotated excerpts from the Programmer's Manual, 1971–1986 (PDF) (Technical report). CSTR. Bell Labs. 139.
  17. ^ "The AITO Dahl–Nygaard Prize Winners for 2007". Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets. Mjølner Informatics. 2007.