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Professor Jean Bacon (Hon) DUniv

Emeritus Fellow, Director of Studies in Computer Science (Parts IA and IB)
Emeritus Professor
Computer Science
Distributed Systems

Jean Bacon is Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems and a Director of Studies in Computer Science at Jesus College.

Academic interests

Jean Bacon's academic interests include:

  • Distributed systems
  • Concurrency control
  • Access control
  • Information flow control
  • Software architecture and middleware for sensor-based applications such as transport, healthcare, and pollution monitoring.

Degrees obtained

  • BSc, London, Maths, 1963.
  • MSc, CNAA, Computer Science, 1972.
  • PhD, CNAA, Computer Science, 1982.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Open University 2014.


From the 1980s I have led the Opera Research Group at the Computer Laboratory, with focus on the design and deployment of open, large scale, widely distributed systems.

I am an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and British Computer Society Fellow, and served on the governing body of the IEEE Computer Society from 2002 to 2007.

Other interests

Natural history, walking, art, painting.

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Publications, links and resources

See a list of Jean Bacon's publications on the Computer Laboratory website.  

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