Fernando J. Corbató

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Fernando José Corbató
Born(1926-07-01)July 1, 1926
DiedJuly 12, 2019(2019-07-12) (aged 93)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology (B.S., 1950)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1956)
Known forMultics
AwardsTuring Award (1990)
Computer History Museum Fellow (2012) [1]
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Scientist
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisA calculation of the energy bands of the graphite crystal by means of the tight-binding method (1956)
Doctoral advisorJohn C. Slater
Doctoral studentsJerome H. Saltzer

Fernando José "Corby" Corbató (July 1, 1926 – July 12, 2019) was an American computer scientist. He was known as a pioneer in the development of time-sharing operating systems and for creating the password system for computers.[2]

Among many awards, Corbató received the Turing Award in 1990, "for his pioneering work in organizing the concepts and leading the development of the general-purpose, large-scale, time-sharing and resource-sharing computer systems".

In 2012, he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for his pioneering work on timesharing and the Multics operating system".[3]

Corbató died on July 12, 2019 in Newburyport, Massachusetts from problems caused by diabetes at the age of 93.[2]

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  1. "Fernando Corbato 2012 Fellow". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hafner, Katie (July 12, 2019). "Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. "Fernando Corbato". Computer History Museum. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-05-23.

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