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Michael J. C. Gordon : biography

February 28, 1948 -

Michael John Caldwell Gordon, British computer scientist (born February 28, 1948).

Mike Gordon led the development of the HOL theorem prover. The HOL system is an environment for interactive theorem proving in a higher-order logic. Its most outstanding feature is its high degree of programmability through the meta-language ML. The system has a wide variety of uses from formalizing pure mathematics to verification of industrial hardware.

There has been a series of international conferences on the HOL system, TPHOLs. The first three were informal users' meetings with no published proceedings. The tradition now is for an annual conference in a continent different to the location of the previous meeting. From 1996 the scope broadened to cover all theorem proving in higher-order logics.

Gordon was born in Ripon, Yorkshire, England. He gained his Ph.D. at University of Edinburgh in 1973 with a thesis entitled Evaluation and Denotation of Pure LISP Programs. He has worked at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory since 1981, initially as a Lecturer and moving to Reader in 1988 and Professor in 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994, and in 2008 a two day research meeting on Tools and Techniques for Verification of System Infrastructure was held there in honour of his 60th birthday.

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