Barbara Liskov

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Barbara Liskov (born November 7, 1939 as Barbara Jane Huberman) is an American computer scientist who has made pioneering contributions to programming languages and distributed computing. Her notable work includes the development of the Liskov substitution principle which describes the fundamental nature of data abstraction, and is used in type theory (see subtyping) and in object-oriented programming (see inheritance). Her work was recognized with the 2008 Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science.

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Barbara Liskov
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Liskov in 2010.
Born
Barbara Jane Huberman

(1939-11-07) November 7, 1939 (age 83)
Los Angeles, California, US
Alma mater
Known for
SpouseNathan Liskov (1970–)
Children1
Awards
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisA Program to Play Chess End Games (1968)
Doctoral advisorJohn McCarthy[1]
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Liskov is one of the earliest women to have been granted a doctorate in computer science in the United States, and the second woman to receive the Turing award. She is currently an Institute Professor and Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2][3]