Peter G. Neumann

Peter Gabriel Neumann (born 1932) is a computer-science researcher who worked on the Multics operating system in the 1960s.[2] He edits the RISKS Digest columns for ACM Software Engineering Notes and Communications of the ACM.[3] He founded ACM SIGSOFT and is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE,[4] and AAAS.[5]

Peter G. Neumann
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Born1932 (age 87–88)
Alma materHarvard University
Known forRISKS Digest
Multics operating system
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsSRI International
ThesisEfficient Error-Limiting Codes (1961)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Gervin Oettinger[1]

Early life and educationEdit

From 1950 to 1958, Neumann studied at Harvard University. In 1961, he was granted a Ph.D. after completing a Fulbright scholarship in Germany (1958–1960). While a student at Harvard, he had a two-hour breakfast with Albert Einstein, on 8 November 1952, discussing simplicity in design.[6]


Neumann worked at Bell Labs from 1960 to 1970. He has worked at SRI International in Menlo Park, California since 1971.

Before the RISKS mailing list, Neumann was known for the Provably Secure Operating System (PSOS).[7]

Neumann worked with Dorothy E. Denning in the 1980s to develop a computer intrusion detection system known as IDES that was a model for later computer security software.[citation needed][8][9]

Memberships and awardsEdit

Neumann has long served as moderator of RISKS Digest and is a member of the ACCURATE project.[citation needed]

Neumann is the founding editor of ACM Software Engineering Notes (SEN), and is a Fellow of the ACM.[10]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Neumann, Peter G., Computer-Related Risks, Addison-Wesley/ACM Press, ISBN 0-201-55805-X, 1995.


  1. ^ Peter G. Neumann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ R. C. Daley and P. G. Neumann (1965). "A General-Purpose File System For Secondary Storage". 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conference. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Markoff, John (2012-10-30). "Killing the Computer to Save It". The New York Times. New York Times. p. D1.
  7. ^ Feiertag, Richard J.; Neumann, Peter G. (1979). "The foundations of a provably secure operating system (PSOS)" (PDF). SRI International, Menlo Park, California: AFIPS Press. pp. 329–334. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ Denning, Dorothy; Neumann, Peter (1985). "Requirements and model for ides: a real-time intrusion detection system". Retrieved 3 July 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ Denning, Dorothy (February 1987). "An Intrusion-Detection Model" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. SE-13. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  10. ^ Association for Computing Machinery. "ACM: Fellows Award / Peter G Neumann". Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006.

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