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Wesley A. Clark, Made Computing Personal, Dies at 88 (nytimes.com)
74 points by jonbaer on Feb 29, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments



This was discussed at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11183970 in one of the best threads we've ever seen on HN. I won't spoil it—just go see for yourself.

The current post, technically a dupe, gets a pass because this man was amazing. How amazing? Here is the afterword to the NYT story:

Mr. Clark, during the 1950s, led the design of two other significant experimental computers, the TX-0 and the TX-2. The TX-0 was the world’s first transistorized computer. The TX-2 was used by Ivan Sutherland, then an M.I.T. graduate student, in creating Sketchpad, a software design program that was a fundamental advance in the graphical display and control of digital information.

The first transistorized computer and the one used to make Sketchpad? Oh yeah just a couple side projects.


I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Wes at CSL @WashU as a grad student. The LINC taught me so much about computing as did my work with MacroModules.

Lou R.


That sounds fascinating. Please tell us more about your experiences in computing then. Also, welcome to Hacker News!




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