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Harry H. Goode, June 30, 1909-October 30, 1960

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129511D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 6 page(s) / 30K

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Software Patent Institute

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ISAAC L. AUERBACH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

At his untimely death on October 30, 1960, Harry H. Goode was chairman of the National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC) and the principal architect of what was to become AFIPS (American Federation of Information Processing Societies). Had he lived, Goode undoubtedly would have become the first president of AFIPS, for he was the prime mover in organizing the three American constituent societies that were members of NJCC into one federation.

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Copyright ©; 1986 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Harry H. Goode, June 30, 1909-October 30, 1960

ISAAC L. AUERBACH

(Image Omitted: © 1986 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. Categories and Subject Descriptors: A.0 [General] -- Biographies/autobiographies, Harry H. Coode; K.2 [History of Computing] -- people; K.7 [The Computing Profession] -- AFIPS, organizations. General Terms: Management. Additional Key Words and Phrases: NJCC, obituary. Author's Address: 900 Centennial Road, Narberth, PA 19072. © 1986 AFIPS 0164-1239/86/030257-260

Harry H. Goode, June 30, 1909-October 30, 1960

ISAAC L. AUERBACH .00/00)

At his untimely death on October 30, 1960, Harry H. Goode was chairman of the National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC) and the principal architect of what was to become AFIPS (American Federation of Information Processing Societies). Had he lived, Goode undoubtedly would have become the first president of AFIPS, for he was the prime mover in organizing the three American constituent societies that were members of NJCC into one federation.

Early Training

Harry Goode was born in New York City on June 30, 1909. He received his B.A. in history from New York University in 1931, when the country was in the depths of the Depression. While studying chemical engineering at Cooper Union, Goode earned his living playing the clarinet and saxophone in New York jazz bands. He received his second bachelor's degree in 1940, and in 1941 became a statistician for the New York City Department of Health. During the war years, Goode and Leonard Gillman worked on a special project for Tufts College for the U.S. Navy's Special Devices Section of the Training Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics. At the same time, Goode attended Columbia University and received a master's degree in mathematics in 1945.

From 1946 to 1949, Goode was on the staff of the Special Devices Center in Sands Point, Long Island, and worked with Perry Crawford. Goode progressed through successive responsibilities to become the head of the Special Projects Branch, where he contributed to flight- control simulation training, aircraft instrumentation, antisubmarine warfare, weapons systems design, and computer research. He and Crawford were responsible for initiating such pioneering computer- based simulation projects as Whirlwind at MIT, Cyclone at Reeves Instrument Company, Hurricane at Raytheon, and Typhoon at...