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Computer sciences educator

Richard Manning Karp, American Computer sciences educator. Recipient Einstein fellowship, Lady Davis fellowship, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1983, Fulkerson Prize in Discrete Mathematics 1979, Lanchester Prize in Operations Research, 1977, ORSA/TIMS von Neumann Theory prize, 1990, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Turing award, 1985, National Medal of Science award National Science Foundation, 1996.


Karp, Richard Manning was born on January 3, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Abraham Louis and Rose (Nanes) Karp.


AB, Harvard University, 1955. Master of Science, Harvard University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1959.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1986. Doctor of Science (honorary), Technion, 1989. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Massachusetts, 1990.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Georgetown University, 1992. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Central Florida, 2000.


Research staff member International Business Machines Corporation Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, 1959—1968. Visiting associate professor electrical engineering University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1964—1965. Professor computer science, industrial engineering, operations research University California, Berkeley, 1968—1996, associate chairman electrical engineering, computer science, 1973—1975, professor mathematics, 1980—1995, university professor, electrical engineering and computer science, since 1999.

Co-chairman program in computational complexity Mathematics Science Research Institute, California, 1985—1986. Research scientist International Computer Science Institute, 1988—1996, senior research scientist, since 1996. Professor computer science University Washington, Seattle, 1995—1999, adjunct professor molecular biotechnology, 1996—2000.

Hewlett-Packard visiting professor Math Science Research Institute, Berkeley, 1999—2000. Board governors Weizmann Institute Society. Advisory board Computer Profns. for Social Responsibility.

Faculty research lecturer, Berkeley, 1981—1982. Miller research professor, Berkeley, 1980—1981.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow: Association Computing Machinery (Turing award 1985), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Philosophical Society, Institute Combinatorics and Applications.


Married Diana Leigh Grand. 1 child, Jeremy Alexander.

Abraham Louis Karp

Rose (Nanes) Karp

Diana Leigh Grand

Jeremy Alexander Karp