|Born||21 July 1940|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Known for||Basic Combined Programming Language|
|Awards||IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (2003)|
|Institutions||University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory|
|Thesis||The design and implementation of CPL-like programming languages (1967)|
|Doctoral advisor||David Barron, David Park and Christopher Strachey|
|Doctoral students||Eben Upton|
Martin Richards (born 21 July 1940) is a British computer scientist known for his development of the BCPL programming language which is both part of early research into portable software, and the ancestor of the B programming language invented by Ken Thompson in early versions of Unix and which Dennis Ritchie in turn used as the basis of his widely used C programming language.
Richards studied mathematics as an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge and took the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science. His PhD was on programming language design and implementation. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory until his retirement in 2007.
- Cf. British Library catalogue entry for BCPL, the language and its compiler, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1979.
- Upton, Eben (2006). Compiling with data dependence graphs (DPhil thesis). University of Cambridge.
- Richards, M. (1971). "The portability of the BCPL compiler". Software: Practice and Experience. 1 (2): 135–146. doi:10.1002/spe.4380010204.
- Martin Richards at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Richards, Martin (1967). The design and implementation of CPL-like programming languages (DPhil thesis). University of Cambridge.
- Martin Richards at DBLP Bibliography Server
- Richards, M.; Aylward, A. R.; Bond, P.; Evans, R. D.; Knight, B. J. (1979). "TRIPOS—a portable operating system for mini-computers". Software: Practice and Experience. 9 (7): 513. doi:10.1002/spe.4380090702.
- "Martin Richards". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 12 April 2015.