Jon Crowcroft

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Jon Crowcroft
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Born (1957-11-23) 23 November 1957 (age 61)[1]
United Kingdom England
NationalityBritish (English)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
AwardsFRS (2013)
FREng[2] (1999)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Networks
Distributed systems[3]
Quality of service[4]
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University College London
ThesisLightweight protocols for distributed systems (1993)
Doctoral advisorPeter T. Kirstein[5]
Doctoral studentsA. Ballardie
Zheng Wang
Mark Handley[5][6]

Jonathan Andrew "Jon" Crowcroft, FRS, FREng[2] (born 23 November 1957[7]) 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.[8][9][10]


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.


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 is 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,[11] Internetworking Multimedia[12] and Open Distributed Systems.[3]

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.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]

Crowcroft was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. His nomination reads:

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society,[15] Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery,[16] a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society,[17] a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow[2] of the Royal Academy of Engineering,[18] as well as a Fellow of the IEEE (2004).[19] He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board 96-02, and attended most of the first 50 IETF meetings. He was general chair for the ACM SIGCOMM conference between 1995 and 1999, and received the SIGCOMM Award in 2009.[20] The award to Jon Crowcroft is "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".


  1. ^ "CROWCROFT, Prof. Jonathan Andrew". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "List of Fellows".
  3. ^ a b Crowcroft, Jon (1995). Open distributed systems. Boston: Artech House. ISBN 978-0-89006-839-7.
  4. ^ Zheng Wang; Crowcroft, J. (1996). "Quality-of-service routing for supporting multimedia applications". IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. 14 (7): 1228. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/49.536364.
  5. ^ a b Jonathan Andrew Crowcroft at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Handley, Mark James (1997). On internet multimedia conference control (PhD thesis). University College London.
  7. ^ "Jon Crowcroft's calendar". Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  8. ^ Jon Crowcroft publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  10. ^ Jon Crowcroft at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Phillips, Iain; Crowcroft, Jon (2002). TCP/IP and Linux protocol implementation: systems code for the Linux Internet. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-40882-6.
  12. ^ Wakeman, Ian; Crowcroft, Jon; Handley, Mark (1999). Internetworking multimedia. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-7484-0808-5.
  13. ^ Jon Crowcroft Turing Switches. Turing machines for all-optical Internet routing UCAM-CL-TR-556 ISSN 1476-2986 January 2003
  14. ^ crowcroft
  15. ^ "Professor Jon Crowcroft FRS". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery". Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  17. ^ "Chartered Fellows of the British Computer Society". Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  18. ^ "Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering". Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  19. ^ "IEEE Fellow Class of 2004". Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  20. ^ "SIGCOMM Award Recipients". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved 14 July 2009.

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