Andrew Appel

Professor, Author

1960 –


Who is Andrew Appel?

Andrew Wilson Appel is the Eugene Higgins Professor of computer science at Princeton University, New Jersey. He is especially well-known because of his compiler books, the Modern Compiler Implementation in ML series, as well as Compiling With Continuations. He is also a major contributor to the Standard ML of New Jersey compiler, along with David MacQueen, John H. Reppy, Matthias Blume and others and one of the authors of Rog-O-Matic.

Appel gained an A.B. summa cum laude at Princeton University in 1981, and a Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon University, in 1985. He became an ACM Fellow in 1998.

From July 2005 to July 2006, he was a visiting researcher at the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique, Rocquencourt, France, on sabbatical from Princeton.

Andrew Appel campaigns on issues related to the interaction of law and computer technology. He testified in the penalty phase of the Microsoft antitrust case in 2002. He is opposed to the introduction of some computerized voting machines, which he deemed untrustworthy. In 2007, he received attention when he purchased a number of voting machines for the purpose of investigating their security.

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on July 23, 2013


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