Charles Thacker

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Charles Thacker

Name: Charles (Chuck) P. Thacker

Born: February 26, 1943, in Pasadena, California, USA

Death: June 12, 2017 (Age: 74)

Computer-related contributions

  • 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).

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