Hal Abelson is the Class of 1992 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the MIT, and a fellow of the IEEE. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from MIT.
- If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
- Applicants must also have extensive knowledge of Unix, although they should have sufficiently good programming taste to not consider this an achievement
- Source:  - MIT job advertisement
- In the Middle Ages people built cathedrals, where the whole town would get together and make a thing that's greater than any individual person could do and the society would kind of revel in that. We don't do that as much anymore, but in a sense this is kind of like building a cathedral.
- Source: Auditing Classes at M.I.T. - New York Times Interview, pg. 1
- Anything which uses science as part of its name isn't: political science, creation science, computer science.
- Source: The Nature of Belief
- "What’s important is not just to develop the technology; it’s to develop the processes."
- Source: mitcet
- "It is not that there is some magic technology. It is what are you going to do with it?"
- Source: mitcet
- "Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization."
- "Giving it away helps defuse complex intellectual property issues of ownership and control that can distract the universities from their missions to disseminate knowledge." - commmenting on MIT's Open Courseware program
- Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematics (1981)
- Logo for the Apple II (1982)
- Apple Logo (1982)
- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (1985)
- Logo for the Macintosh: An Introduction through Object Logo (1992)
- Architects of the Information Society (1999) - edited by with Simson L. Garfinkel
- Abelson's MIT Website
- Hal Abelson -concise biography with many useful links with additional resources
- Selected Publications
- Intellectual Property, Copyrights, and Universities - an interview with Hal Abelson
- Tcl for Web Nerds - short programming web tutorial authored in part by Abelson
- Response by Hal Abelson -reaction to Gerry Sussman's paper on Open Implementation
- "Building the Infrastructure for Sustainable Educational Transformation"-MIT article concerning the Open Courseware program
- "MIT's maverick view of intellectual property worth considering" - Abelson gives his thoughts on MIT's new Open Courseware program and implications
- Biography on Jewish Software web site