Fernando Corbató has died
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Corbató is recognized as helping to create the first computer password. -
“Corby was one of the most important researchers for making computing available to many people for many purposes,” says long-time colleague Tom Van Vleck. -
“Other people had proposed the idea of time-sharing before,” says Jerry Saltzer, who worked on CTSS with Corbató after starting out as his teaching assistant. -
“It’s no overstatement to say that Corby’s work on time-sharing fundamentally transformed computers as we know them today,” says CSAIL director Daniela Rus. -
The following year MIT invited several hundred programmers to campus to try out the system, spurring a flurry of further research on time-sharing. -
Corbató was an active member of the MIT community, serving as associate department head for computer science and engineering from 1974 to 1978 and 1983 to 1993. -
Corbató was born on July 1, 1926 in Oakland, California, to Hermenegildo Corbató -
Corbató received the Turing Award in 1990 -
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