Roger Needham Award and Lecture

Roger Needham

This award was established in memory of the late Professor Roger Needham (9 February 1935 - 1 March 2003), and is made annually for a distinguished research contribution in computer science by a UK based researcher who has completed up to 10 years of post-doctoral research.

Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the award is administered by the Awards Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing. In addition to receiving the prestigious award, the recipient has the opportunity to give a public lecture on their work at the annual Roger Needham Lecture.

Nominations for the 2018 Awards are now closed

2017 lecture
Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Title: Many-core programming: How to go really fast without crashing
Speaker: Dr Alastair Donaldson, Imperial College London
Find out more about the 2017 lecture

About Roger Needham

In 1962 Roger Needham joined Cambridge's Computer Laboratory (then called the Mathematical Laboratory), becoming its head in 1980 and remaining there until 1995. In 1997 he set up Microsoft's UK-based Research Laboratory. He was one of the founding Fellows of University College, Cambridge, which became Wolfson College.

He was elected to the Royal Society in 1985 and was made Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1993 and Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1994. He received a CBE for his contributions to computing in 2001.

Among his theoretical contributions is the development of the Burrows-Abadi-Needham (BAN) logic. The Needham-Schroeder security protocol forms the basis of the Kerberos authentication and key-exchange system. He also co-designed the TEA and XTEA encryption algorithms. He pioneered the technique of protecting passwords using a one-way hash function.


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