Roland Carl Backhouse
|Education||Churchill College, Cambridge|
Imperial College London
|Known for||Program construction|
Algorithmic problem solving
|Fields||Computer science, mathematics|
|Institutions||Royal Aircraft Establishment|
University of Essex
University of Groningen
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Nottingham
|Doctoral advisor||Jim Cunningham|
|Influences||T. J. (Paddy) MacDonald, Edsger W. Dijkstra,|
David Gries, Tony Hoare
Roland Carl Backhouse (born 18 August 1948) is a British computer scientist and mathematician. As of 2020[update], he is Emeritus Professor of Computing Science at the University of Nottingham.
Backhouse was born and raised in the Thorntree district of Middlesbrough, an industrial town in the north-east of England. In 1959, he won a place at the then all-male Acklam Hall Grammar School before going on to Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1966. His doctorate (Ph.D.) was completed under the supervision of Jim Cunningham at Imperial College London.
Backhouse's career has included Royal Aircraft Establishment (1969–1970), Heriot-Watt University (1973–1982), University of Essex (1982–1986). He was formerly Professor of Computer Science at the University of Groningen (1986–1990) and Eindhoven University of Technology (1990–1999) in the Netherlands, before his position at the University of Nottingham.
He was a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IFIP Working Group 2.1 on Algorithmic Languages and Calculi, which specified, maintains, and supports the programming languages ALGOL 60 and ALGOL 68.
Backhouse is married to Hilary, née Mitchell. They have three sons, Kevin, Andrew, and David.
His research interests lie in the mathematics of program construction and algorithmic problem solving. Together with Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut (1953—1994), he began the biennial series of conferences on the Mathematics of Program Construction, the first of which was held in 1989.