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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 7 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1985-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

In a small country, a single individual can often make a significant difference. Dov Chevion made such a difference in the growth of Israel's computer industry. He was one of the founders of IPA, the Information Processing Association of Israel, and he was also its first representative to IFIP, where he was active in the World Conferences on Computer Education. The eloge by Isaac Auerbach is a tribute to a dedicated and effective member of our computing community. James Tomayko's review of the use of computers on manned spacecraft systems since the 1960s underscores the role of reliability and fault tolerance in complex computer systems that must continue to work, under difficult situations, far from the people on the ground who are responsible for their performance and their maintenance. In such systems, it may well be less important that they are ";state of the art"; than that they are reliable. On the other hand, software reliability requirements have caused NASA to introduce a number of innovations in software engineering. In his biographical essay on Christopher Strachey, Martin Campbell- Kelly states, ";Strachey made the important technical contributions to the development of computing in Britain: the logical design of computers, the design of programming languages, and the development of denotational semantics."; We see in Strachey an active and always curious mind, challenging established ideas and methodologies. He influenced industry and academia -- and all who knew him. A review of Strachey's life is a review of many of the major developments in British computing history.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1985 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 7 Number 1 January 1985 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....3

Articles Eloge: Dov Chevion, 1917-1983 - Isaac L. Auerbach.....4 NASA's Manned Spacecraft
Computers - James E. Tomayko.....7 Christopher Strachey, 1916-1975: A Biographical Note -
Martin Campbell-Kelly.....19 On the History of the Minimum Spanning Tree Problem - R. L.
Graham and Pavol Hell.....43

Departments Anecdotes.....58 Who Was the Mysterious Countess? - Velma R. Huskey

Comments, Queries, and Debate.....60 Comment on Review of IBM Journal Harlow Freitag

Meetings in Retrospect.....63 History of Computers in Canada - M. R. Williams

Self-Study Questions.....65

News and Notices.....66

Reviews.....70 N. Reingold, Refugee Mathematicians in the U.S. - Mina Rees R. Rosenberg,
Origins of EE Education - Eric A. Weiss A. Bullock & R. B. Woodings, Fontana Biographical Companion - K. W. Smillie D. de Solla Price, History of Calculating Machines - M. R. Williams Capsule Reviews

Instructions for Authors.....81 Suggestions for Authors.....82

Index to Volume 6, Annals of the History of Computing..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

In a small country, a single individual can often make a significant difference. Dov Chevion made such a difference in the growth of Israel's computer industry. He was one of the founders of IPA, the Information Processing Association of Israel, and he was also its first representative to IFIP, where he was active in the World Conferences on Computer Education. The eloge by Isaac Auerbach is a tribute to a dedicated and effective member of our computing community.

James Tomayko's review of the use of computers on manned spacecraft systems since the 1960s underscores the role of reliability and fault tolerance in complex computer systems that must continue to work, under difficult situations, far from the people on the ground who are responsible for their performance and their maintenance. In such systems, it may well be less important that they are "state of the art" than that they are reliable. On the other hand, s...