ACM fellow Juris Hartmanis, recipient of the 1993 A.M. Turing Award with Richard E. Stearns, has made fundamental contributions to theoretical computer science—particularly in the area of computational complexity—for over 50 years. After earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Caltech, he developed the foundations of this new field first at General Electric Research Laboratory and then at Cornell University. He says "Computational complexity, the study of the quantitative laws that govern computation, is an essential part of the science base needed to guide, harness, and exploit the explosively growing computer technology."
Noted historian and Communications Viewpoints board member William Aspray conducted an extended oral interview of Hartmanis in his Cornell University office in July 2009. The complete transcript of this interview is available in the ACM Digital Library; presented here is a condensed and highly edited version designed to whet your appetite.
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