R. Kent Dybvig

R. Kent Dybvig is a professor of computer science at Indiana University Bloomington, in Bloomington, Indiana. His research focuses on programming languages, and he is the principal developer of the optimizing Chez Scheme compiler and runtime system which were initially released in 1985. Together with Daniel P. Friedman, he has long advocated the use of the Scheme language in teaching computer science. He is now professor emeritus, having retired from Indiana University (IU) to join Cisco in 2011.[1]


R. Kent Dybvig
CitizenshipUnited States
Known forChez Scheme
Awards2006 ACM Distinguished Engineer
Scientific career
InfluencedAbdulaziz Ghuloum

For his contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology, in particular his design and development of Chez Scheme, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Dybvig a Distinguished Member in 2006,[2] the first year the association awarded distinguished ranks.[3]


  • Dybvig, R. Kent (2009). The Scheme Programming Language, 4th edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-51298-5. Retrieved 2019-04-04.


  1. "Kent Dybvig". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  2. "R. Kent Dybvig: ACM Distinguished Member (2006)". Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  3. "ACM Names 49 Distinguished Members for Contributions to Computing" (Press release). New York City: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2006-10-25. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
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