Richard Edwin Stearns | |
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Born | |

Alma mater | Carleton College (B.A.) Princeton University (Ph.D.) |

Awards | ACM Turing Award (1993) Frederick W. Lanchester Prize (1995) |

Scientific career | |

Institutions | University at Albany |

Doctoral advisor | Harold W. Kuhn |

Doctoral students | Madhav V. Marathe (joint with Professor Harry B. Hunt III), Tom O'Connell |

**Richard Edwin Stearns** (born July 5, 1936) is a prominent computer scientist who, with Juris Hartmanis, received the 1993 ACM Turing Award "in recognition of their seminal paper which established the foundations for the field of computational complexity theory".^{[1]} In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Stearns graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College in 1958.^{[2]} He then received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1961 after completing a doctoral dissertation, titled "Three person cooperative games without side payments", under the supervision of Harold W. Kuhn.^{[3]} Stearns is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University at Albany, which is part of the State University of New York.