Title: Chief Scientist
Company: SRI International Computer Science Lab
Location: Menlo Park, California, United States
Peter Neumann, Chief Scientist at the SRI International Computer Science Lab, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of computer science and security.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Neumann studied mathematics at Harvard University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1954 and a Master of Science in applied mathematics in 1955. He continued his academic pursuits abroad and earned a doctorate in math and physics, rerum naturalium, from the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1960 (on a Fulbright Grant). Returning to the United States, Dr. Neumann earned a PhD in survivable communication systems from Harvard University in 1961, and he accepted a position as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he garnered experience throughout the 1960s.
In 1964, Dr. Neumann leveraged his expertise and knowledge as a visiting Mackay lecturer in electrical engineering at Stanford University, and held the same role at the University of California Berkeley from 1970 to 1971. He accepted a position at the SRI International Computer Science Lab in Menlo Park, California, and has worked in the lab for almost 50 years, currently serving as chief scientist. He originally became involved in his field because of an encounter he had with Albert Einstein when he was 20. Einstein had a strong relationship with Dr. Neumann’s mother, who once made a mosaic portrait of the famous scientist, and in November 1952, Dr. Neumann had breakfast with Albert Einstein for more than two hours, one-on-one. They intensely discussed complexity, and he credits much of his research throughout his career as being based on that discussion.
Dr. Neumann’s main research interests continue to involve trustworthy systems, security, cryptographic applications, overall system survivability, reliability, fault tolerance, safety, software-engineering methodology, systems in the large, applications of formal methods, and risk avoidance. SRI’s Computer Science Lab and the University of Cambridge have been working from October 2010 through 2019 on a project for the DARPA CRASH program (Clean-slate design of Resilient, Adaptive, Survivable Hosts). The project was named CTSRD (CRASH-worthy Trustworthy Systems R&D); Dr. Neumann led that project and more recently others, relating to the CHERI (Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions) hardware-software system architecture and its demonstrable trustworthiness.
Dr. Neumann authored “Computer-Related Risks” in 1995, and he notes that all of the problems discussed in that book are still relevant today. He maintains affiliations with the Association for Computing Machinery, serving as a journal editor from 1976 to 1993 and as chairman of the committee on computers and public policy from 1985 to 2019. He additionally received a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Neumann was recognized with a National Computer Systems Security Award in 2002 and he has been inducted into the National Cyber-Security Hall of Fame. As a further testament to his success and stature, he has been featured in the second edition of Who’s Who in America: Student Version in 1992, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the West.
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