Computer scientist Kernighan elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Kernighan’s work focuses on programming, software tools, application-oriented languages, and technology education. He is the author of a series of books that have become known for clarity and precision. Among them is “The C Programming Language” (1978 Prentice Hall), written with Dennis Ritchie. The book, known among programmers as "K&R," is a fundamental text on the language. His most recent books include “Millions, Billions, Zillions” (Princeton University Press, 2018) and “Understanding the Digital World” (Princeton University Press, 2017).
Kernighan received his masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton. He worked at Bell Labs for 30 years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2002. Among other honors, he is a recipient of the USENIX Association Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.