John Pasta

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Name: John R. PastaJohn Pasta

Born: 1918 in New York City, USA

Death: 1984 (Age: 66)

Computer related contributions

  • American computer scientist, mathematician and computational physicist.
  • Known for co-originating the Fermi–Pasta–Ulam experiment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • Helped construct the MANIAC I (an early computer that specialized in calculations around weapons design).
  • Former head of the department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • The Role of the University in the Computer Age (1969)

Honors and awards

  • Awarded the Bronze Star and the Belgian Fourragere