Albert R. Meyer


Albert Ronald da Silva Meyer (born 1941) is Hitachi America Professor emeritus of computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Albert Ronald da Silva Meyer
Born (1941-11-05) November 5, 1941 (age 80)
Alma materHarvard University
Spouse(s)Irene Greif
AwardsACM Fellow (2000)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Doctoral advisorPatrick C. Fischer
Doctoral studentsNancy Lynch, Leonid Levin, Jeanne Ferrante, Charles Rackoff, Larry Stockmeyer, David Harel, Joseph Halpern, John C. Mitchell


Meyer received his PhD from Harvard University in 1972 in applied mathematics, under the supervision of Patrick C. Fischer.[1] He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) faculty at MIT in 1969. Meyer became the Hitachi America Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in 1991. He retired from MIT in 2016.[2]

Academic lifeEdit

Mathematics for Computer Science (2017) by Eric Lehman, F. Thomson Leighton, and Albert R. Meyer

Meyer's seminal works include Meyer & Stockmeyer (1972), which introduced the polynomial hierarchy. He has supervised numerous PhD students who are now famous computer scientists; these include Nancy Lynch, Leonid Levin, Jeanne Ferrante, Charles Rackoff, Larry Stockmeyer, David Harel, Joseph Halpern, and John C. Mitchell.


He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) since 1987,[3] and he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2000.[4] He is the editor-in-chief of the international computer science journal Information and Computation.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to the computer scientist Irene Greif.[6]


  • 1991. Research Directions in Computer Science: An MIT Perspective. (Ed. with John Guttag, Ronald Rivest, and Peter Szolovits) MIT Press.
  • Meyer, Albert R.; Stockmeyer, Larry J. (1972). "The equivalence problem for regular expressions with squaring requires exponential space". Proc. 13th Annual Symposium on Switching and Automata Theory. pp. 125–129. doi:10.1109/SWAT.1972.29..


  1. ^ Albert Ronald da Silva Meyer at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  2. ^ "Collection: Albert Meyer papers | MIT ArchivesSpace". Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  3. ^ "M" (PDF). Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 1780–2005.
  4. ^ "ACM Fellows". Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. "ACM: Fellows Award / Albert R Meyer". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2009-06-07. "For fundamental advances in complexity theory and semantics of programming, and for outstanding service and education of graduate students."
  5. ^ Information and Computation
  6. ^ McCluskey, Eileen (20 October 2008). "Irene Greif '69, SM '72, PhD '75 Knitting together computers and people". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 19 April 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Official website  
  • Meyer, Albert R. at MathSciNet
  • Albert R. Meyer at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  • Albert Meyer papers, MC-0377. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.