James R. Goodman received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. From 1974–1980, he worked for Intel Corp., designing add-on memory systems for main frames and developing specifications for processor and memory components. In 1980, he joined the Computer Science faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Goodman spent the 1986–1987 academic year on sabbatical at AT&T Bell Laboratories, the 1992-1993 academic year on sabbatical at the Advanced Computer Research Laboratory in Lyons, France, and the 2000-2001 academic year on sabbatical with Intel Corp.
In 2003, he joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he is currently Professor. Goodman is the co-author of “A Programmer’s View of Computer Architecture,” a highly acclaimed book on computer architecture. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to shared-memory multiprocessor system design.” In 2010, he was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery “for contributions to parallel processor and memory system design.”