Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Butler W. Lampson
Born: December 23, 1943, in Washington, DC
- Computer scientist known for SDS 940 and Xerox Alto, now considered to be the first personal computer.
- Lampson and others were part of Project GENIE at UC Berkeley, which help developed the Berkeley Timesharing System for Scientific Data Systems' SDS 940 computer.
- Founding members of Xerox PARC in 1970, where he worked in the Computer Science Laboratory (CSL).
- Helped work on many technologies, such as laser printer design; two-phase commit protocols; Bravo, the first WYSIWYG text formatting program; Ethernet, the first high-speed local area network (LAN); and designed several influential programming languages such as Euclid.
Honors and awards
- A. M. Turing Award (1992).
- Charles Stark Draper Prize (2004).
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum (2006).