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The InterViews podcast series provides first-person accounts of the lives and work of National Academy of Sciences members. In this series of one-on-one conversations, scientists talk about what inspired them to pursue the careers they chose and describe some of the most fascinating aspects of their research.

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Featured InterView:

John Hopcroft (computer science)
Cornell University

John Hopcroft became one of the world's first theoretical computer scientists by accident. An electrical engineer by training, he stumbled into the field when, as a young professor, he was asked to teach a course on then-emerging computer theory. The newness of the field hooked him, and Hopcroft went on to write one of its first textbooks and to develop revolutionary methods for analyzing computer programs and their languages.

Dr. Hopcroft was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009.

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