Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: David John Wheeler
Born: February 9, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Death: December 13, 2004 (Age: 77)
- Computer scientist who completed the world's first PhD in computer science in 1951.
- Known for his work on Burrows-Wheeler transform and the Wheeler Jump.
- Credited the subroutine (which they referred to as the closed subroutine), because of which jump to subroutine instruction is often called Wheeler Jump.
- Designer of WAKE and the co-designer of the TEA and XTEA encryption algorithms.
- The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer (1951).
Honors and awards
- Fellow of the Royal Society (1981).
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994).
- Computer History Museum Fellow Award recipient (2003).