BioPh.D. Mathematics, Princeton University, 1961 B.A. Mathematics, Carleton College, 1958
Computational complexity, Automata theory, Analysis of algorithms, Discrete dynamical systems, Game theory
Dr. Richard Stearns is a Distinguished Institute Professor with the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at the University of Virginia. He has made pioneering contributions to several different areas of computer science including theory of computation, formal languages, compilers, analysis of algorithms, database systems and game theory. In 1993, Dr. Stearns received the prestigious ACM Alan M. Turing Award in recognition of ground-breaking joint research with Professor Juris Hartmanis (Cornell University), which established the field of computational complexity.
He also holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Albany – State University of New York (SUNY), where he spent 22 years, including seven years as the Department Chair. Dr. Stearns has held additional academic appointments at several institutions including Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He began his professional career in 1961 and spent 17 years with General Electric Research Laboratory, now known as GE Global Research, based in Schenectady, New York.