Andrew S. Tanenbaum: Where Are We Going?


Andrew S. Tanenbaum was born in New York City and raised in White Plains, NY. He has an S.B.from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Prof. Tanenbaum is the principal designer of three operating systems: Amoeba,  MINIX, and Globe. Amoeba is a distributed operating systems for SUN, VAX, and similar workstation computers. MINIX is a small operating system designed for high reliability and embedded applications as well as for teaching. Globe is a distributed operating system.

In addition, Tanenbaum is the author or coauthor of five books:
  "Distributed Systems" (with Maarten van Steen)
  "Modern Operating Systems"
  "Structured Computer Organization"
  "Operating Systems: Design and Implementation" (with Albert S. Woodhull)
  "Computer Networks"

These books have been translated into 20 languages and are used all over the world. Tanenbaum has also published more than 125 refereed papers on a variety of subjects and has lectured in a dozen countries on many topics.

Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.  In 1994 he was the recipient of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. In 1997 he won the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science. In 2006 he was awarded the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. medal for outstanding contributions to computer education.