Wesley A. Clark

American engineer

Wesley Allison Clark (April 27, 1927 – February 22, 2016) was an American computer designer. He created the LINC computer, which was the first mini-computer and shares with a number of other computers (such as the PDP-1) the claim to be the inspiration for the personal computer.

Wesley Allison Clark
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Born(1927-04-10)April 10, 1927
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
DiedFebruary 22, 2016(2016-02-22) (aged 88)
New York City, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUC Berkeley
Known forTX-0, TX-2, LINC
AwardsEckert-Mauchly Award
Computer Pioneer Award
National Academy of Engineering member
Scientific career
FieldsComputer engineering
Internet
InstitutionsMIT Lincoln Laboratory
Washington University
Clark, Rockoff and Associates

Early lifeEdit

Clark was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Kinderhook, New York and northern California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1947 with an A.B. in Physics. Clark began his career as a physicist at the Hanford Site.

CareerEdit

In 1981 Clark received the Eckert-Mauchly Award for his work on computer architecture. He was awarded an honorary degree by Washington University in 1984.[1] He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. Clark was a charter recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "First Personal Computer."[2]

DeathEdit

Clark died on February 22, 2016 in New York City from heart disease at the age of 88.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Honorary Degrees granted at Washington University in St. Louis, 1859 - present". Archived from the original on 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  2. "Computer Pioneer Charter Recipients". Archived from the original on 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  3. "Wesley A. Clark, legendary computer engineer, dies at 88". TecRepublic.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016.

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