IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science Department, Cornell University
1986 Turing Award Recipient
John Hopcroft is the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. He started his career on the faculty at Princeton in 1964 and moved to Cornell in 1967. In 1987, he became the chair of the Department of Computer Science. In 1993, he became Associate Dean for College Affairs, and in 1994 he became Dean of the College of Engineering, in which job he served until 2001 when he returned to the Department of Computer Science.
Hopcroft earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Seattle University in 1961 and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1964. He has honorary degrees from Seattle University, the National College of Ireland, the University of Sydney, and St. Petersburg State University. He is an honorary professor of the Beijing Institute of Technology, Yunnan University, and an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His current research interests are in the area of information capture and access.
Hopcroft has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Air Force Science Advisory Board, the NASA Space Sciences Board, and the National Research Council's Board on Computer Science and Telecommunications. In 1986 he was awarded the Turing Award by the Association for Computing Machinery, and in 1992, President H. W. Bush appointed him to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hopcroft serves on the Packard Foundation's Science Advisory Board, the Microsoft Technical Advisory Board for Research Asia, and the advisory boards of IIIT Delhi and the College of Engineering at Seattle University. He has received numerous awards: the IEEE Harry Goode Memorial Award in 2005, the CRA Distinguished Service Award in 2007, the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award in 2009, and the IEEE von Neumann Medal in 2010.