Name: Fernando (Corby) José Corbató
Born: July 1, 1926, in Oakland, California USA
Death: July 12, 2019 (Age: 93)
- American computer scientist, notable as a pioneer in the development of C.T.S.S. (Compatible Time-Sharing System).
- His second project, Multics, was not a commercial success, but led to the development of passwords and Ken Thompson's development of Unix. Multics is considered to have been the model for the design of nearly every significant operating system including Linux 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).
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"The number of lines of code a programmer can write in a fixed period of time is the same independent of the language used." (Corbató's Law)