David Korn

AT&T Laboratories


David Korn received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University in 1969 where he worked as a research scientist in the field of transonic aerodynamics until joining Bell Laboratories in September 1976. He is currently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the research division of AT&T Labs. His primary assignment is to explore directions in software development techniques that improve programming productivity. His best know effort in this area is the Korn shell, ksh, which is a POSIX compatible UNIX shell and a high-level programming language. He is a Bell Labs fellow and an AT&T fellow. David is one of the principal authors of the AT&T Software Tools package which was released in 2005 with an OpenSource license. The AST Toolkit contains ksh and nmake as well as over 100 POSIX commands. He also wrote UWIN, (UNIX for Windows) which allows UNIX commands to compile and run on Windows systems and MVS2PC which moves mainframe MVS Cobol applications to a Linux PC without the need to recode or to reformat the data.