Joan Feigenbaum

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Joan Feigenbaum (born 1958 in New York) is a theoretical computer scientist with a background in mathematics. She is the Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science at Yale University.[1] She is considered a pioneer in computer science, having co-invented the security-research area of trust management.[2]

Education and career

Feigenbaum did her undergraduate work at Harvard University. She became interested in computers during the Summer Research Program at AT&T's Bell Labs between her Junior and senior years. She then earned a PHD in computer science at Stanford University, under the supervision of Andrew Yao,[3] while working summers at Bell Labs. After graduation she joined Bell Labs. She became the Hopper Professor at Yale in 2008.[1]


She is married to Jeffrey Nussbaum. They have a son, Sam Baum. Baum was chosen as child's surname as the greatest common suffix of Feigenbaum and Nussbaum.[4]

Awards and honors

In 2001, Feigenbaum became a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for her "foundational and highly influential contributions to cryptographic complexity theory, authorization and trust management, massive-data-stream computation, and algorithmic mechanism design."[5] In 2012 she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joan Feigenbaum Named the Grace Murray Hopper Professor", Yale News, July 18, 2008 .
  2. Joan Feigenbaum bio 
  3. Joan Feigenbaum at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Notable Women in Mathematics, a Biographical Dictionary, edited by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl, Greenwood Press, 1998. p 50.
  5. ACM Fellows: Joan Feigenbaum, Association for Computing Machinery, retrieved 2012-12-29 .
  6. "AAAS Members Elected as Fellows", Science, 338: 1168–1171, November 30, 2012, doi:10.1126/science.338.6111.1166 .