Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Fernando (Corby) José Corbató
Born: July 1, 1926, in Oakland, California USA
- American computer scientist, notable as a pioneer in the development of time-sharing operating systems.
- His second project, Multics, was not a commercial success, but led directly to Ken Thompson's development of Unix. Multics is considered to have been the model for the design of nearly every significant operating system which followed.
- The Compatible Time-Sharing System: A Programmer's Guide (1963).
- The First Seven Years (1972).
- On Building Systems That Will Fail (Turing Award Lecture, 1991).
Honors and awards
- Turing Award (1990).
- Awarded the Fellow Award by the Computer History Museum in California (2012).
"The number of lines of code a programmer can write in a fixed period of time is the same independent of the language used."