David Gelernter

David Gelernter
Professor of Computer Science
Room / Office: Watson 107
Office Address:
51 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208285
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-1240
Email: david.gelernter@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., The State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., Yale University


David Gelernter is professor of computer science at Yale, chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and member of the National Council of the Arts. He's the author of several books and many technical articles; also essays, art criticism and fiction. The "tuple spaces" introduced in Carriero and Gelernter's Linda system (1983) are the basis of many computer-communication and distributed programming systems worldwide. "Mirror Worlds" (1991) "foresaw" the World Wide Web (Reuters, 3/20/01) and was "one of the inspirations for Java"; the "lifestreams" system (first implemented by Eric Freeman at Yale) is the basis for Mirror Worlds Technologies' software. "Breaking out of the box" (NY Times magazine, '97) forecast and described the advent of less-ugly computers (Apple's iMac arrived in '98). Gelernter's essays are widely anthologized (for example in J. Brockman, ed., "The Next Fifty Years: new essays from 25 of the world's leading scientists" (Vintage, 2002), R. Stolley, ed., "Life Magazine - Century of Change," (Little Brown, 2001), and the ACM's 50th Anniversary collection).

He's the author of "The Muse in the Machine" (1994, about poetry and AI), the novel "1939" (1995), "Machine Beauty" (1998, about aesthetics and technology) and other books; he's published in Commentary, ArtNews, Washington Post and many others. Recent talks include the Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, keynotes at Agenda 2003, Intl. Wireless World, PC Expo, and the 2002 Organick Lecture in Computer Science at Univ Utah.

Selected Publications:

  • "Three programming systems and a computational 'model of everything,'" in Peter J. Denning, ed., ACM's new [still untitled] Visions-of-computing Anthology, forthcoming, mid-August '01.
  • "Twentieth Century Machines," in R. Stolley, ed., LIFE Century of Change (2000).
  • "Computers and the pursuit of happiness," COMMENTARY, Dec 2000.
  • "Now that the PC is dead...," WALL STREET JOURNAL "millennium issue," Jan 1, 2000