October 27, 2011 |
John McCarthy, 84, a computer scientist often credited with creating the very name of the futuristic field in which he was an honored pioneer — artificial intelligence — died Oct. 24 at his home in Stanford, Calif. The death was announced by Stanford University, where he was a professor in mathematics and later computer science from 1962 until his retirement in 2001. He had pulmonary hypertension, his daughter Sarah McCarthy said. When Dr. McCarthy launched his career, in the years after World War II, there was...
August 26, 2011 |
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include links to sources, research and statistics that were omitted from the original publication. "It's just like planning a dinner," Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer science pioneer, explained to "Cosmopolitan" readers in a 1967 story. "You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it's ready when you need it. " Pot roast or computer programming — both, Cosmo told its readers, could be women's work. I first came across a mention of that article...
September 21, 2013 |
Thomas E. Hutchinson, a University of Virginia engineering professor who created scratch-and-sniff technology by accident and later invented a device to help disabled people communicate by sending commands to a computer through the movement of their eyes, died Sept. 2 at a hospice in Charleston, S.C. He was 77. He had a stroke in 2009, his wife, Colleen Hutchinson said, and had complications from dementia and heart ailments. In 1952, while playing in a high school football game in his native South...
December 21, 2009 |
It would be hard to find a student at Stone Bridge High School who has never used the Internet for a research assignment, socialized with Facebook or played a video game. But few know much about how computers and the Web actually work. About 70 students at the Ashburn school are taking introductory or Advanced Placement courses this year in computer science, getting a glimpse behind the games and Web sites they use all the time. For an hour and a half every other day, they enter a...
May 29, 2012 |
Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, has a piece of advice for students tasked with the nerve-rattling problem of choosing a college major. "If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment," Ross said, "I would respond, ‘cybersecurity.' " That's because cybersecurity is a field where the rules of the recession seem flipped: There's plenty of jobs, but relatively few qualified applicants.
January 8, 2013
Noreen Welch, 74, a computer science engineer who at the age of 60 changed careers and became an intellectual property lawyer, died Dec. 28 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. She had complications from colon cancer. Her husband, James Welch Jr., confirmed the death. Dr. Welch retired from her computer science career in 1994 after 30 years as a computer specialist with Mitre Corp. in McLean and then with Computer Science Corp. In 1998, she received a law degree from the University of...