Jon Crowcroft

Crowcroft
Jon Crowcroft
Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Lab, at the University of Cambridge. Ph.D. - University College London .

Jonathan Andrew Crowcroft, FRS, FREng is the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Chair of the Programme Committee at the Alan Turing Institute.

Professor Crowcroft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1979, then gained a Master of Science degree in Computing in 1981 and PhD in 1993, both from University College London.

Professor Crowcroft joined the University of Cambridge in 2001, prior to which he was Professor of Networked Systems at University College London in the Computer Science Department. After he stepped down from UCL, his professorship was assumed by his former PhD student Mark Handley. He is currently a Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Jon had contributions to a number of successful start-up projects. He has been a member of the Scientific Council of IMDEA Networks Institute since 2007. He was also on advisory board of Max Planck Institute for Software Systems .

Jon had written, edited and co-authored a number of books and publications which have been adopted internationally in academic courses, including TCP/IP & Linux Protocol Implementation: Systems Code for the Linux Internet, Internetworking Multimedia and Open Distributed Systems.

Professor Crowcroft has also done research in theoretical network science, particularly in the area of Turing switches, and he has suggested to replace general-purpose computers acting as network switches with specially-built hardware dedicated to packet switching, as well as using optical technology for the same purpose.

Awards and honours

Professor Crowcroft was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. His nomination reads: “Professor Jon Crowcroft is distinguished for his many seminal contributions to the development of the Internet. His work on satellite link interconnection techniques in the 1980s paved the way for rural broadband; his work on standards for video and voice on IP networks helped extend the Internet to multimedia; and in the 2000s he founded the field of opportunistic networking”.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the IEEE (2004). He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board 1996-2002, and attended most of the first 50 IETF meetings.

Professor Crowcroft was general chair for the ACM SIGCOMM conference between 1995 and 1999, and received the SIGCOMM Award in 2009. The award to Crowcroft was “for his pioneering contributions to multimedia and group communications, for his endless enthusiasm and energy, for all of the creative ideas he has so freely shared with so many in the networking community, and for always being outside the box”.

Recommended books

Professor Crowcroft has a very large list of recommended books. As most of them are nonetechnical we are going to list all of them here with some of his notations and comments.

Oddity


An Instance of
the Fingerpost

Glass Books of
the Dream Eaters

The Time
Traveler’s Wife

Thursbitch

.


Music &
Silence

Ghostwritten

.


American
Gods

The Wind Up Bird
Chronicle: A Novel

Objectivity


On Human
Communication

A Deepness
in the Sky

The Soul of A
New Machine

Think A Biography of
the Watsons and IBM

The Mathematical
Experience

Surreal
Numbers

The Sciences of
the Artificial

In The Age Of The
Smart Machine

The
Planiverse

Fads and Fallacies in
the Name of Science

Science of
Discworld

Sphereland: A
Fantasy About …

Labyrinths of
Reason

Computers Pattern
Chaos and Beauty

Chaos: Making a
New Science

From Here
to Infinity

Does God
Play Dice

Introduction
to Logic

The Languages
of Logic

Information and
the Internal …

The Recursive
Universe

The Exploits of the
Incomparable Mulla

Life: A
User s Manual

The Annotated
Alice

Zen and the
Art of …

Obduracy


Grooming
Gossip

Freakonomics

.


Future
Shock

The Shockwave
Rider

Neuromancer

.


Snow Crash:
A Novel

Islands in
the Net

Holy Fire Bantam
Spectra Book

Vurt

.


The Road
to Reality

The Emperor’s
New Mind

Flatland: A
Romance of …

A Brief
History of Time

An Eternal
Golden Braid

The
Mind’s I

The Selfish
Gene

Objective
Knowledge

The Feynman
Lectures on Physics

The Origins
of Order

What
is Life

Darwin: The
Life of a …

Isaac Newton:
The Last Sorcerer

Grammatical
Man

Network
Nation

The Cuckoo’s
Egg

obscurancy


Security
Engineering

Applied
Cryptography

Alan Turing:
The Enigma

Early British
Computers

Wonderful Life:
The Burgess …

Foucault’s
Pendulum

Quicksilver The
Baroque Cycle No

Ripped
and Torn

Shake Hands
with the Devil

Darfur: A 21st
Century Genocide

Mao: The
Unknown Story

Stalingrad: The Fateful
Siege:

The Palestine Israel
Conflict: A Basic

My Father
s Daughter

Synners

.


Labyrinths:
Selected Stories

Gravity’s
Rainbow

The Sot
Weed Factor

Women Fire and
Dangerous Things

Science Fiction The
New Critical Idiom

The Shock
Doctrine

Strength in
What Remains

Originality


Venus on the
Half shell

Is That
What People Do

The Stainless
Steel Rat

Flow My Tears,
The Policeman Said

Vurt

.


The Martian
Chronicles

E Pluribus
Unicorn

The Sirens
of Titan

The Muller
Fokker Effect

In the
Zone

Asimov’s
Mysteries

The House On
The Borderland

The Crystal
World

At the Mountains
of Madness

Mission Of
Gravity

Whatever

.


Kafka on
the Shore

Satirical
Sketches

Slan

.


Gulliver’s
Travels Book

Erewhon

.


Hocus
Pocus

The Goblin
Reservation

Pail of
Air

Mona Lisa
Overdrive

Ethitechs


You Are Not
a Gadget

GCGH

.


A Paradise
Built in Hell

The Emperor of
All Maladies

Treasure Islands:
Tax Havens …

The Better Angels
of Our Nature

The Yellow
Birds

Grown Up SF


XX

.


The Psychology
of Time Travel

Desirable
Body

Rivers
of London

P2P economics and society and why it hasn’t happened


Postcapitalism:
A Guide

The
Precariat

The Age of
Acquiescence

Capital in the
21st Century

Who Cooked Adam
Smith’s Dinner

The Silo
Effect

Feersum Endjinn:
A Novel

Riddley Walker SF
Masterworks

The Catcher
in the Rye


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