Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Charles (Chuck) P. Thacker
Born: February 26, 1943, in Pasadena, California, USA
Death: June 12, 2017 (Age: 74)
- American pioneer computer designer.
- Part of University Berkley's "Project Genie" in 1968, which developed the pioneering Berkeley Timesharing System on the SDS 940.
- Helped design the processor and memory system.
- Worked at PARC, where he served as project leader of the Xerox Alto personal computer system.
- Co-inventor of the Ethernet LAN, and contributed to other projects including the first laser printer.
- Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), the Systems Research Center (SRC).
- Joined Microsoft Research to help establish Microsoft Research Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
Honors and awards
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994).
- Named a Distinguished Alumnus in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley (1996).
- Won the Charles Stark Draper Prize together with Alan C. Kay, Butler W. Lampson, and Robert W. Taylor (2004).
- Won the IEEE John von Neumann Medal for "a central role in the creation of the personal computer and the development of networked computer systems (2007).
- A Fellow of the Computer History Museum for "leading development of the Xerox PARC Alto, and for innovations in networked personal computer systems and laser printing technologies" (2007).
- Named by the Association for Computing Machinery as the recipient of the 2009 Turing Award for his pioneering design and realization of the Alto (computer), the first modern personal computer.
- Charles is also recognized for his contributions to the Ethernet and the tablet computer (2010).