Liskov was born November 7, 1939, in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family, the eldest of Jane (née Dickhoff) and Moses Huberman's four children. She earned her BA in mathematics with a minor in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. In her classes she had one other female classmate, the rest were male. After she graduated she applied to graduate mathematics programs at Berkeley and Princeton. At the time Princeton was not accepting female students in mathematics. She was accepted at Berkeley but instead of studying she moved to Boston and began working at Mitre Corporation. It was there that she became interested in computers and programming. She worked at Mitre for one year before taking a programming job at Harvard where she worked on language translation.
Barbara Liskov is the author of four books and over one hundred technical papers.
Liskov, Barbara; Atkinson, R.; Bloom, T.; Moss, E.; Schaffert, J. C.; Scheifler, R.; Snyder, A. (1981). CLU: Reference Manual. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-10836-8.
Alford, M. W.; Ansart, J. P.; Hommel, G.; Lamport, L.; Liskov, Barbara; Mullery, G. P.; Schneider, F. B. (1985). Distributed Systems: Methods and Tools for Specification. An Advanced Course. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-15216-3.
Liskov, Barbara; Guttag, John (1986). Abstraction and Specification in Program Development. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-12112-5.
Liskov, Barbara; Guttag, John (2000). Program Development in Java: Abstraction, Specification, and Object-Oriented Design. Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0-7686-8496-4.
Liskov, Barbara; Zilles, Stephen (1974-03-28). "Programming with abstract data types". ACM SIGPLAN Notices. 9 (4): 50–59. doi:10.1145/942572.807045. ISSN 0362-1340.
Liskov, Barbara; Snyder, Alan; Atkinson, Russell; Schaffert, Craig (1977-08-01). "Abstraction mechanisms in CLU". Communications of the ACM. 20 (8): 564–576. doi:10.1145/359763.359789. ISSN 0001-0782. S2CID 17343380.
Ladin, Rivka; Liskov, Barbara; Shrira, Liuba; Ghemawat, Sanjay (1992-11-01). "Providing high availability using lazy replication". ACM Transactions on Computer Systems. 10 (4): 360–391. doi:10.1145/138873.138877. ISSN 0734-2071. S2CID 2219840.
Liskov, Barbara H.; Wing, Jeannette M. (1994-11-01). "A behavioral notion of subtyping". ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems. 16 (6): 1811–1841. doi:10.1145/197320.197383. ISSN 0164-0925. S2CID 999172.
Castro, Miguel; Liskov, Barbara (1999-02-22). "Practical Byzantine fault tolerance". Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation. OSDI '99. USA: USENIX Association: 173–186. ISBN 978-1-880446-39-3.
Myers, Andrew C.; Liskov, Barbara (2000-10-01). "Protecting privacy using the decentralized label model". ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. 9 (4): 410–442. doi:10.1145/363516.363526. ISSN 1049-331X. S2CID 9600486.
In 1970, she married Nathan Liskov. They have one son, Moses, who earned a PhD in computer science from MIT in 2004 and taught computer science at the College of William and Mary.
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^Huberman (Liskov), Barbara Jane (1968). A program to play chess end games (PDF) (Report). Technical Report CS 106, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Project Memo AI-65. Stanford University Department of Computer Science.
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^"Honorary Doctors". Zurich: ETH Computer Science. 22 March 2006. Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2012. Barbara Liskov and Donald E. Knuth were awarded the title ETH Honorary Doctor on 19 November 2005.
^"Distinguished Lecturers Barbara Liskov and Donald E. Knuth". Zurich: ETH Computer Science. January 2006. Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
National Public Radio "Science Friday" interview with Barbara Liskov, originally aired on 13 Mar 2009
Celebrating Women of Distinction, Barbara Liskov, Turing Award interview by, Stephen Ibaraki
"Barbara Liskov: An Interview Conducted by William Aspray, IEEE History Center, August 6, 1991". GHN: IEEE Global History Network. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
John V. Guttag, Barbara Liskov, The Electron and The Bit: EECS at MIT, 1902–2002, Chapter VII: "Pioneering Women in EECS", pp. 225–239, 2003, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
Barbara Liskov named Institute Professor, MIT News, July 1, 2008
Department News: Barbara Liskov named Institute Professor Archived 2016-11-05 at the Wayback Machine, EECS Newsletter, Fall 2008
Natasha Plotkin, Barbara Liskov named Institute Professor, The Tech (MIT), 128,29, July 9, 2008
Robert Weisman, Top prize in computing goes to MIT professor, The Boston Globe, March 10, 2009
Erica Naone, Driven to Abstraction, MIT Technology Review, December 21, 2009
Barbara Liskov Archived 2018-07-12 at the Wayback Machine at the Chess programming wiki