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Top academic accolade for computer scientist at the University of Kent
Authored by Posie Bogan
Published 20 October 2006
by Maggie Bowman
Richard Jones, Reader in Computing at the University of Kent, has been made a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the leading professional body for computer scientists working in academia and industry.
Richard Jones is an outstanding researcher with a global reputation for his work on garbage collection, which is a form of automatic memory management used by computer programmers. This accolade reflects the esteem in which he is held by the computing community worldwide.
Richard's work is widely used by undergraduates and researchers and developers in the computing industry. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Glasgow in recognition of 'his international distinction through his research and scholarship in dynamic memory management and garbage collection, and the esteem in which he is held throughout the computing world', the only computer scientist to have received such distinction from Glasgow.
Vice Chancellor Professor David Melville said,
'This is a unique international accolade which recognises Richard's standing as the world leader in his field. The University is very proud of him and his achievement.'
Richard is Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory at Kent, where he leads the Systems Architecture Research Group and contributed to the introduction o f new degree programmes. Under his leadership, the department was ranked 'excellent' in the last Teaching Quality Assessment of computer science.