Thomas Kurtz papers, 1954-2002Rauner Manuscript MS-1144


Thomas Eugene Kurtz was born February 22, 1928. He graduated from Knox College in 1950, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1956. He joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as professor of mathematics the same year. In 1963, he co-designed with G. Kemeny the first computer language known as BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) for Dartmouth’s experimental time-sharing system (DTSS). From 1966-1975, he served as Director of Kiewit Computation Center at Dartmouth and from 1975-1978 ,he was the Director of Academic Computing. In 1980,he became the Director of Computer and Information Systems program at Dartmouth, a groundbreaking multidisciplinary graduate program. He held this position until 1988, after which he returned to teaching full-time as a professor of mathematics with an emphasis on statistics and computer science. He also served as the Council Chairman and Trustee to EDUCOM and NERComP, as well as on the Pierce Panel of the Presidents’ Scientific Advisory Committee. In 1991, he received the Computer Pioneer Award and in 1994, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery.

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