An eminent academic and influential author, Sussman is one of the world’s most prominent figures in the realm of computer science. A professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, Sussman is a co-author, with Hal Abelson, of the classic textbook Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs and its attendant course of study. Sussman was an architect of Scheme, a principal programming dialect. He is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence, a field in which he has worked since 1964. Sussman has been a member of the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation since the organization’s inception.