Professor Richard Jones

Emeritus Professor of Computer Systems
Professor Richard Jones


I am Emeritus Professor of Computer Systems in the School of Computing at the University of Kent. I was made a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM in 2006, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Glasgow in July 2005. I received IBM Faculty Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005. I was elected to AITO, Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets, in 2014. I am Head of the School of Computing and a member of the Programming Languages and Systems Research Group.

I am an Editor of the journal Software: Practice and Experience (Wiley). If you have a great paper on the design and implementation of software, I encourage you to submit it to SPE.

I am a Fellow of British Computer Society (BCS) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). 

Outside work, I'm a keen sailor and cyclist. I race a Dart 18 catamaran at Whitstable. Check out this fantastic video of the AC45s racing in Plymouth - crazy stuff.

Research interests

My book The Garbage Collection Handbook: the art of automatic memory management, Richard Jones, Antony Hosking and Eliot Moss, Chapman and Hall, 2012 considerably extends my earlier Garbage Collection book, in particular with complete and up-to-date coverage of parallel, concurrent, and real-time garbage collection algorithms, and explanations of some of the tricky aspects of garbage collection, including the interface to the run-time system. The Handbook is also available as an e-book.

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