Name: Ivan Edward Sutherland
Born: May 16, 1938 in Hastings, Nebraska, USA
Computer related contributions
- American computer scientist and Internet pioneer. Best known for his invention in 1963 of "Sketchpad", an early predecessor to the graphical user interface now common in all personal computers.
- Created the first interactive graphics program, the first non-procedural programming language, the first object oriented software system, all in one year.
- Co-founded Evans and Sutherland with his friend David C. Evans. A company known for its pioneering work in the field of real-time hardware, accelerated 3D computer graphics, and printer languages.
Honors and awards
- Kyoto Prize (2012)
- Computer History Museum Fellow (2005)
- R&D 100 Award (2004)
- IEEE John von Neumann Medal (1998)
- The Franklin Institute's Certificate of Merit (1996)
- Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (1988)
- Computerworld Honors Program, Leadership Award (1987)
"It's not an idea until you write it down."
"A display connected to a digital computer gives us a chance to gain familiarity with concepts not realizable in the physical world. It is a looking glass into a mathematical wonderland."
"The ultimate display would, of course, be a room within which the computer can control the existence of matter. A chair displayed in such a room would be good enough to sit in. Handcuffs displayed in such a room would be confining, and a bullet displayed in such a room would be fatal."