For more than two decades, Ken’s research was focused on the development of high-level programming tools for parallel and distributed computer systems. As a result of his efforts, supercomputers became much more accessible to scientists and engineers. His contributions to the field were recognized by his peers when he was awarded the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award from ACM SIGPLAN.
Ken authored more than 200 technical articles and wrote two books. He was a fellow of the ACM, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of his achievements, he received the 1995 W. W. McDowell Award, the highest research award given by the IEEE Computer Society.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Carol Quillen; his stepdaughter, Caitlin Lohrenz; his father, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Kennedy, Sr.; and a sister, Susan Kennedy.