Jerry Saltzer

Jerry Saltzer


Professor Saltzer, who formally retired in 1995 but continued actively teaching until 2005, has had a long-standing interest in computer systems and communications, with a concern for the impact of these systems on society, especially on privacy and the risks of depending on fragile technology. He developed the EECS department core subject on the engineering of computer systems, for which he is currently preparing a textbook. He created TYPSET, an early context editor, and RUNOFF, the ancestor of most type-setting formatters. He participated in the later development of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) and was deeply involved in the design of Multics, including its security features, the first kernel thread package, the first time-of-century clock, and development of what would today be known as a micro-kernel. Together with Michael Schroeder, he articulated a set of security design principles that are widely cited, and together with David Clark and David Reed, he articulated the end-to-end argument, a key organizing principle of the Internet. From 1984 through 1988 he was Technical Director of M. I. T. Project Athena, a system of networked engineering workstations for undergraduate education.

In addition to computer science, Professor Saltzer dabbles in the history of nineteenth century art of the western United States. He is preparing a catalog of the paintings of Frederick Ferdinand Schafer.


  • Jerome H. Saltzer and Michael D. Schroeder. The Protection of Information in Computer Systems. (invited tutorial paper) Proceedings of the IEEE 63, 9 (September, 1975) pages 1278- 1308.
  • Jerome H. Saltzer, David P. Reed, and David D. Clark. End-to-End Arguments in System Design. ACM Transactions on Computer Systems 2, 4, November, 1984, pages 277-288.
  • Jerome H. Saltzer. Technology, Networks, and the Library of the Year 2000. in A. Bensoussan and J.-P. Verjus, editors. Future Tendencies in Computer Science, Control, and Applied Mathematics. Springer-Verlag, 1992, pages 51-67. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 653.)
  • Li Gong, T. Mark A. Lomas, Roger M. Needham, and Jerome H. Saltzer. Protecting Poorly Chosen Secrets from Guessing Attacks. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 11, 5 (June, 1993) pages 648-656.


  • National Cyber Security Hall of Fame: National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Award (2015)
  • NIST and NSA: National Computer Systems Security Award (2010)
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems: Hall of Fame Award (2007)
  • National Academy of Engineering: Member (1998)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communications Systems (1994)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow (1992)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Fellow (1983)