Patterson wins Turing Award

June 1, 2018
This article appeared in Berkeley Engineer magazine, Spring 2018

David PattersonDavid Pattterson (Photo by Peg Skorpinski)David Patterson, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, was named co-winner of the prestigious A.M. Turing Award — often called the Nobel Prize of computing — along with John Hennessy, former president of Stanford University. They were honored for their pioneering work on reduced instruction set computer microprocessors, which has proved foundational to computer architecture as well as to mobile and Internet of Things technologies.

“UC Berkeley is among the leading universities with Turing laureates among its faculty and alumni, so my share of this award is really recognition of my good fortune of having built my career here,” said Patterson. “It has been a privilege to collaborate for four decades with the wonderful students and faculty of UC Berkeley just as the university celebrates its 150th birthday.”