Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Name: Jack B. Dennis
- Computer scientist and retired MIT professor.
- He was involved in early work on time-sharing through the PDP-1, which his research group owned at MIT. That hardware later became famous in computer science history as the machine that started the hacker culture.
- He also sponsored the MIT student-run Tech Model Railroad Club in its early years, where the hacker culture is said to have taken root before spreading to the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.
- Later, he was one of the founding members of the Multics project that he contributed one of its most important concepts, the single-level memory.
- Multics, though not particularly commercially successful in itself, was an inspiration for Ken Thompson to develop Unix.
Honors and awards
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994).
- Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (2009).