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John R. Pasta, 1918-1981 An Unusual Path Toward Computer Science

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129308D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 20 page(s) / 78K

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Software Patent Institute

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KENT K. CURTIS: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

The following eloge of John R. Pasta should remind readers that he died before recording his recollections and interpretations of his personal experiences as a contributor to the early development of computing. Sadly, what he might have told us of what he thought when he did it is now lost forever. We will never have his firsthand account to help us learn how to do great things ourselves. I hope potential authors of reminiscences, memoirs, and autobiographies will act now to avoid further losses.

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Copyright ©; 1983 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

John R. Pasta, 1918-1981 An Unusual Path Toward Computer Science

KENT K. CURTIS

N. C. METROPOLIS

WILLIAM G. ROSEN

YOSHIO SHIMAMOTO

JAMES N. SNYDER

(Image Omitted: © 1983 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Authors' Addresses: K. K. Curtis, Computer Science Section, Division of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20550. N. C. Metropolis, P. O. Box 1663, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of California, Los Alamos, NM 87544. W. G. Rosen, Mathematical

    Science Section, Division of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20550. Y. Shimamoto, Applied Mathematics Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY 11973. J. N. Snyder, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, 1304 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801. Categories and Subject Descriptors: A. O [General] -- biographies, J. R. Pasta; K.2 [History of Computing] -- J. R. Pasta, people. General Terms: Management. Additional Key Words and Phrases: Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Atomic Energy Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Illinois, ILLIAC, National Science Foundation. © 1983 AFIPS 0164- 1239/83/030224-238

John R. Pasta, 1918-1981 An Unusual Path Toward Computer Science

KENT K. CURTIS

N. C. METROPOLIS

WILLIAM G. ROSEN

YOSHIO SHIMAMOTO

JAMES N. SNYDER .00/00)

Foreword

IEEE Computer Society, Jul 01, 1983 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 3, Pages 224-238

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John R. Pasta, 1918-1981 An Unusual Path Toward Computer Science

The following eloge of John R. Pasta should remind readers that he died before recording his recollections and interpretations of his personal experiences as a contributor to the early development of computing. Sadly, what he might have told us of what he thought when he did it is now lost forever. We will never have his firsthand account to help us learn how to do great things ourselves. I hope potential authors of reminiscences, memoirs, and autobiographies will act now to avoid further losses.

Some of Pasta's early computing activities were shrouded in government secrecy. Some of these restrictions have been removed, but additional areas, deservedly kept secret a generation ago, could surely be made public now. Since there is n...