[TUHS] Another one (Was: In memoriam: Jon Postel)

David david at kdbarto.org
Wed Oct 17 01:14:31 AEST 2018

The book “where wizards stay up late”, mentioned here earlier, is an excellent read
and shows how J. C. R. Licklider brought it all together.


> On Oct 16, 2018, at 7:41 AM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> +1
> On Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 10:40 AM Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu <mailto:jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>> wrote:
>     > From: Dave Horsfall
>     > We lost ... on this day
> An email from someone on a related topic has reminded me of someone else you
> should make sure is only your list (not sure if you already have him):
> J. C. R. Licklider; we lost him on June 26, 1990.
> He didn't write much code himself, but the work of people he funded (e.g.
> Doug Engelbart, the ARPANet guys, Multics, etc, etc, etc) to work on his
> vision has led to today's computerized, information-rich world. For people who
> only know today's networked world, the change from what came before, and thus
> his impact on the world (since his ideas and the work of people he sponsored
> led, directly and indirectly, to much of it), is probably hard to truly
> fathom.
> He is, in my estimation, one of the most important and influential computer
> scientists of all. I wonder how many computer science people had more of an
> impact; the list is surely pretty short. Babbage; Turing; who else?
>         Noel

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