Microtome Publishing was founded in 2002 by Stuart M. Shieber, who is Harvard College Professor and James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.
Professor Shieber received an AB in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1989. Between 1981 and 1989, he was a computer scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International and a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He has been a professor at Harvard since 1989.
Professor Shieber was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator award in 1991, and was named a Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1993, one of only thirty in the country in all areas of science and engineering. At Harvard, he has been awarded two honorary chairs: the John L. Loeb Associate Professorship in Natural Sciences in 1993 and the Harvard College Professorship in 2001. He is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles in computer science. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the editorial boards for the journals Computational Linguistics, Grammars, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Journal of Language and Computation, and Journal of Heuristics, and founded and organized the Computation and Language E-Print Archive until its superseding by the Computing Research Repository on which he advised.
Professor Shieber holds seven patents, and is co-founder (in addition to Microtome Publishing) of Cartesian Products, Inc., a high-technology research and development company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, providing advanced software technology to improve worldwide communication and information access.