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Alan Kay

AKA Alan Curtis Kay

Born: 17-May-1940
Birthplace: Springfield, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Father of Object-Oriented Programming

Military service: USAF

Alan Kay is an American computer scientist and one of the originators of object-oriented programming. Kay also worked on prototypes of networked workstations that relied on the programming language Smalltalk, and developed the Dynabook concept that paved the way for the laptop and tablet style computers. Kay has made significant contributions through Xerox (PARC), Atari, Apple Computer, and even Walt Disney's Imagineers. He is currently the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute and a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard.

For his accomplishments Kay has been awarded the Kyoto Prize, the ACM Turing Award, and the Charles Stark Draper Prize.

Wife: Bonnie Macbird

    University: Bethany College (expelled)
    University: BS Mathematics and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado (1966)
    University: MS Computer Science, University of Utah (1968)
    University: PhD Computer Science, University of Utah (1969)
    Professor: University of California at Los Angeles

    Disney Fellow
    Apple Fellow (1984-95)
    Atari Chief Scientist (1980-83)
    Xerox PARC scientist (1970-80)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    International Children's Digital Library Foundation Technology Board
    National Academy of Engineering
    PAC For a Change
    Turing Award
    Kyoto Prize 2004
    Charles Stark Draper Prize 2004
    Expelled from School


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