Marian Petre

Marian Petre (born 1959) is a British computer scientist and Professor of Computing at the Open University and Director of its Centre for Research in Computing (CRC), known for her work on Visual Programming Environments, and developed the concept of cognitive dimensions of notations.[1][2][3]

Marian Petre
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Alma materUniversity College London (PhD)
AwardsRoyal Society Wolfson Fellowship
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science[1]
InstitutionsOpen University
ThesisFinding a basis for matching programming languages to programming tasks (1989)


Petre obtained her PhD in computer science from the University College London in 1989.[4]

Career and researchEdit

In 1990 she started her academic career at the Institute for Perception Research (IPO), in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which was directed by Theo Bemelmans. Back in Britain she joined the Open University and started cooperation with Thomas R.G. Green, with whom she developed the concept of cognitive dimensions of notations. At the Open University she was eventually[when?] promoted to Professor of Computing. Petre was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award[when?] in "recognition of her empirical research into software design."[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

Her selected publications include:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Marian Petre publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  2. ^ Scaife, Mike, and Yvonne Rogers. "External cognition: how do graphical representations work?." International journal of human-computer studies 45.2 (1996): 185-213.
  3. ^ Jacko, Julie A., ed. Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications. CRC press, 2012.
  4. ^ Petre, Marian (1989). Finding a basis for matching programming languages to programming tasks. (PhD thesis). University College London (University of London). OCLC 927053838. EThOS
  5. ^ Andy Oram, Greg Wilson (2010), Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It. p. 582.