Located in Paris, France, the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is Europe’s largest fundamental scientific agency, a public institution that covers all scientific disciplines. Among the world’s leading research institutions, its scientists explore the living world, the universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. This year, the CNRS invited only a dozen outstanding researchers to be part of its inaugural Fellow-Ambassadeur program, and one of them was An Wang Professor of Computer Science Maurice Herlihy of Brown CS. He’ll spend at least three months in CNRS laboratories over a period of three years, collaborating with CNRS scientists and spending part of his time participating in the supervision of doctoral or postdoctoral students or young researchers.
Becoming a Fellow-Ambassadeur is an opportunity that Maurice relishes for multiple reasons. “I am looking forward to improving my command of French,” he tells us, “especially the correct use of the subjunctive.”
Herlihy has an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, the 2008 Influential ISCA Paper Award, the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, and the 2013 Wallace McDowell Award. He received a 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Lecturing Fellowship. He is a fellow of the ACM, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2022, he won his third Dijkstra Prize.
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