CEOHP collection summaries: Hal Abelson

Hal Abelson

Location(s) where grew up: Lakewood, New Jersey, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelors in Mathematics from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ; Ph.D. in Mathematics (Topology) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA, USA

Location(s) where employed: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in Boston, MA, USA

Career stage when interviewed: Mid to late career; full professor at MIT; co-chair of MIT's Council on Educational Technology

Areas of interest: Information technology and policy; using computation as a conceptual framework for teaching; creating better computational tools for scientists and engineers; founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and Free Software Foundation.

Highlights: 2012 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education; 2011 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award; 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award from IEEE; 1992 Bose Award for Outstanding Teaching from MIT

Interviewed March 1, 2012 by Barbara Boucher Owens