BiosketchAfter earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and English, respectively, at Mississippi College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science at Mississippi State University, Tom English began investigating evolution in computational processes. He independently proved what came to be known as the “no free lunch” theorem for optimization, and subsequently published six papers related to it. In empirical research, he obtained by computational evolution a predictor of annual sunspots activity that was far more accurate than any previously reported. Tom is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. He has extensive experience in design and implementation of parallel-processing software for pattern recognition, speech recognition, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation, learning, forecasting, and optimization. His present focus is development of software to exploit microprocessors with many cores.