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Computer Science Department
Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
(fax) 315.228.7009

Event Detail

Department Tea: Hamilton? Birthplace of the Inventor of the Computer? Hmm.

Start: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
End: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Location: 319 McGregory Hall

Speaker: Tom Brackett, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Colgate University

Abstract: A look at the case to be made that John Vincent Atanasoff, born in Hamilton, NY in 1903, was indeed the inventor of the digital computer.

Bio: Tom Brackett is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Colgate. He founded Colgate's Computer Science department in 1971 and was the Director of Computing at Colgate from 1970 to 1975. Before founding the CS department, Tom was a professor in the Chemistry departments at Colgate (1963 to 1971) and Rice University (1957 to 1962). Tom, along with his spouse Elizabeth Brackett, have worked extensively to support the education of Burmese refugees. They founded the Brackett Refugee Education Fund in 1997 and were awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa by Colgate in 2015.