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Brian Granger

Brian Granger

Professor (on leave)


Google Scholar


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001
  • B.S., Westmont College, 1994

Research Interests

  • Interactive Computing
  • Open-source software tools for data science and scientific computing
  • Data visualization
  • Quantum Computing
  • Theoretical Atomic Physics


Brian is a Professor of Physics on leave from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he has taught Physics and Data Science and has done research in interactive computing. He is a leader of the Python project, co-founder of Project Jupyter and is an active contributor to a number of other open source projects focused on data science in Python. In 2016, he co-created the Altair package for statistical visualization in Python. While on leave, he is serving as Senior Principal Technologist at Amazon Web Services (AWS).




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