"The programmer, like the poet, works only
slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He
builds castles in the air, from air, creating by
exertion of the imagination."

Fred Brooks (The Mythical Man Month)

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Academic Genealogy

  • My Ph.D. advisors were Rebecca J. Parsons and Charles E. Hughes
  • Rebecca’s advisor was
  • Charlie’s advisor was
    • Wilson E. (Gene) Singletary, whose advisor was
      • William Werner Boone, whose advisor was
        • Alonzo Church, of Church-Turing thesis fame:
          • All computable functions are computable by a Turing machine
          • yes, one of Church’s (many) famous students was my “uncle” Alan M. Turing
          • Church was also the inventor of the Lambda Calculus