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Eloge: Walter W. Jacobs, 1914-1982

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129444D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 10 page(s) / 40K

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Software Patent Institute

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JOSEPH BLUM: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

There are a few individuals who, because their work is classified by their government for security reasons, cannot receive the full recognition in the scientific community that they deserve. Walter W. Jacobs, who died of cancer on February 11, 1982, at the age of 67, was one such individual. Although the scientific community at large may not have been aware of his many contributions, the government of the United States of America recognized the importance of his work and awarded him two medals for Exceptional Civilian Service and an additional award of the Legion of Merit. Indeed, the scientific community and the United States owe much to his scientific accomplishments, managerial skills, and foresight.

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Copyright ©; 1984 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Eloge: Walter W. Jacobs, 1914-1982

JOSEPH BLUM

ROBERT L. KIRBY

JACK MINKER

  (Image Omitted: © 1984 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: Joseph Blum, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, American University, Washington, DC 20016. Robert L. Kirby, K & K Management, Inc., Alexandria, VA 22306. Jack Minker, Department of Computer Science University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Categories and Subject Descriptors: A.0 [General] -- biographies, Walter W. Jacobs; K.2 [History of Computing] -- hardware, W. W. Jacobs, people, software. General Terms: Management. Additional Key Words and Phrases: National Security Agency. © 1984 AFIPS 0164-1239/84/020100-105

Eloge: Walter W. Jacobs, 1914-1982

JOSEPH BLUM

ROBERT L. KIRBY

JACK MINKER .00/00)

1. Introduction

There are a few individuals who, because their work is classified by their government for security reasons, cannot receive the full recognition in the scientific community that they deserve. Walter W. Jacobs, who died of cancer on February 11, 1982, at the age of 67, was one such individual. Although the scientific community at large may not have been aware of his many contributions, the government of the United States of America recognized the importance of his work and awarded him two medals for Exceptional Civilian Service and an additional award of the Legion of Merit. Indeed, the scientific community and the United States owe much to his scientific accomplishments, managerial skills, and foresight.

II. Early Years and Education

Walter Jacobs was born on September 26, 1914, in Newark, New Jersey. His mother had been born in New York; his father had emigrated when he was a teenager from what was then

IEEE Computer Society, Apr 01, 1984 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 2, Pages 100-105

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Eloge: Walter W. Jacobs, 1914-1982

Austria-Hungary and is now part of Czechoslovakia. Walter attended the public schools in New York City where the family lived. He showed promise at an early age, graduating from grade school when he was only 10 years old. He developed a tremendous interest in games and puzzles of all kinds from childhood. He played chess with the international chess master Reuben Fine at CCNY, and although he did not have the time to develop his full potential in chess and GO,...