Dr. Michael Allen Langston (PhD. from Texas A&M in 1981) is a computer science professor at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is one of the leading researchers in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology, and has extensive research history in graph theory, parallel computing, analysis of algorithms, discrete mathematics, and VLSI design.
He has authored over 150 refereed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and other reports. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and a variety of other state and federal agencies. He has served on an assortment of editorial boards, including the Association for Computing Machinery's flagship publication Communications of the ACM. He has received honors for duty, teaching, research and service. Notable among these are the Commendation Medal, U.S. Army, 1979; the Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 1981; the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, University of Tennessee, 1994; and the Distinguished Service Prize, ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, 2001.
- Michael Langston is the father of engineer and biomechanics researcher Glen D. Langston (born 1982 - B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UTK).
- Michael Langston is the father of chemist and pharmacy student Kathlin Langston (born 1984 - B.S. in Chemistry from UTK).
- Michael Langston is the father of computer science researcher Keith Langston (born 1986).