Professor of Computer Science
As Professor of Computer Science at Yale, David Gelernter has worked on interfaces, information management and artificial intelligence. His book, Mirror Worlds, published in 1991, was said to have predicted the World Wide Web, and his earlier work on tuple spaces directly influenced Sun Microsystems’ development of Java. Dr. Gelernter’s work on the “Lifestreams” system, a term he coined in the 1990s, anticipated today’s stream-based tools on major social-networking sites and much other ongoing work on “lifestreaming”. The name has since become generic.