Wesley A. Clark

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Wesley Allison Clark
Born(1927-04-10)April 10, 1927
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
DiedFebruary 22, 2016(2016-02-22) (aged 88)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUC Berkeley
Known forTX-0, TX-2, LINC
AwardsEckert-Mauchly Award
Computer Pioneer Award
National Academy of Engineering member
Scientific career
FieldsComputer engineering
Internet
InstitutionsMIT Lincoln Laboratory
Washington University
Clark, Rockoff and Associates

Wesley Allison Clark (April 27, 1927 – February 22, 2016) was an American computer designer. He created the LINC computer, which was the first mini-computer and shares with a number of other computers (such as the PDP-1) the claim to be the inspiration for the personal computer.

Early life[change | change source]

Clark was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Kinderhook, New York and northern California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1947 with an A.B. in Physics. Clark began his career as a physicist at the Hanford Site.

Career[change | change source]

In 1981 Clark received the Eckert-Mauchly Award for his work on computer architecture. He was awarded an honorary degree by Washington University in 1984.[1] He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. Clark was a charter recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "First Personal Computer."[2]

Death[change | change source]

Clark died on February 22, 2016 at the age of 88.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Honorary Degrees granted at Washington University in St. Louis, 1859 - present".
  2. "Computer Pioneer Charter Recipients".
  3. "Wesley A. Clark, legendary computer engineer, dies at 88". TecRepublic.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016.

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