By Harry Henderson
This accomplished A-to-Z biographical dictionary explores the various crew of inventors, scientists, marketers, and visionaries within the machine technological know-how box. The state of the art, modern entries and knowledge at the computing device provide a glimpse into not just their force but in addition their demanding situations in making a new form of company and a brand new form of tradition.
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At first he was a mathematics major, but switched to computer science during his junior year. Working at the school’s Laboratory for Computer Science, Bricklin wrote a program with which users could perform calculations on-line. He also helped implement APL, a compact, powerful computer language favored by many scientists and engineers. During this time, Bricklin developed a close working relationship with another graduate student, Bob Frankston, and the two decided that someday they would start a business together.
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That same year, Bricklin was honored with the Grace Murray Hopper Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, given for significant accomplishments in computing by people under 30. But the 1980s also brought new challenges. Solver, designed for solving more complex equations. However, Bricklin became embroiled in a lawsuit with Fylstra over the rights to market VisiCalc. Meanwhile, a new program called Lotus 1-2-3, developed by MITCHELL KAPOR, began to take over the spreadsheet market. Unlike VisiCalc, which provided only a spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3 included a simple database system and the ability to create charts and graphics.
A to Z of Computer Scientists. Notable Scientists [biographies] by Harry Henderson