Heinz Billing

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Billing in 2012

Heinz Billing (7 April 1914 – 4 January 2017) was a German physicist and computer scientist. He is thought to be a pioneer in the construction of computer systems, computer data storage and built prototype laser interferometric gravitational wave detector.[1] He was award the Konrad Zuse Medal in 1987.

Billing was born in Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. He studied at University of Göttingen. During his career, Billing worked at Aerodynamic Test Centre at Göttingen,[1] the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. In 1943, he married Anneliese Oetker. They had three children. He turned 100 in April 2014[2][3]

Billing died on 4 January 2017 in Garching bei München, Bavaria, Germany at the age of 102.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 J. A. N. Lee (1995). "Heinz Billing". Computer pioneers. IEEE Computer Society. ISBN 0-8186-6357-X. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. "Computer and gravitational wave astronomy pioneer Heinz Billing celebrates his 100th birthday". Benjamin Knispel. GEO600.org. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. "Computerpionier Heinz Billing feiert 100. Geburtstag". Detlef Borchers (in German). heise.de. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. Computerpionier Heinz Billing ist tot

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