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Peter Gabriel Neumann (born 1932) is a computer-science researcher who worked on the Multics operating system in the 1960s.[2] He edits the RISKS Digest columns for ACM Software Engineering Notes and Communications of the ACM.[3] He founded ACM SIGSOFT and is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE,[4] and AAAS.[5]

Peter G. Neumann
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Born 1932 (age 84–85)
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for RISKS Digest
Multics operating system
Scientific career
Fields Computer science
Institutions SRI International
Thesis Efficient Error-Limiting Codes (1961)
Doctoral advisor Anthony Gervin Oettinger[1]


Early life and educationEdit

Neumann studied at Harvard University (1950–1958), gaining a Ph.D. in 1961 after a Fulbright scholarship in Germany (1958–1960). While a student at Harvard, he had a two-hour breakfast with Albert Einstein on November 8, 1952. They discussed simplicity in design.[6]


Neumann worked at Bell Labs from 1960 to 1970. He has worked at SRI International in Menlo Park, California since 1971.

Before the RISKS mailing list, Neumann was best known for the Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS).

Memberships and awardsEdit

Neumann has long served as moderator of RISKS Digest, and is a member of the ACCURATE project.

Neumann is the founding editor of ACM Software Engineering Notes (SEN), and is a fellow of the ACM.[7]

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Peter G. Neumann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ R. C. Daley and P. G. Neumann (1965). "A General-Purpose File System For Secondary Storage". 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conference. Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  6. ^ Markoff, John (30 Oct 2012). "Killing the Computer to Save It". The New York Times. New York Times. p. D1. 
  7. ^ Association for Computing Machinery. "ACM: Fellows Award / Peter G Neumann". Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 4 Oct 2006. 

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