ALAN KAY BIO
|| Dr. Alan Kay, President of Viewpoints Research
Institute, Inc.,and Senior Fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs and is best
known for the ideas of personal computing, the intimate laptop computer,
and the inventions of the now ubiquitous overlapping-window interface
and modern object-oriented programming. His deep interests in children
and education were the catalysts for these ideas, and they continue
to be a source of inspiration to him.
|One of the founders of the Xerox Palo Alto Research
Center, (PARC) he led one of the several groups that together developed
modern workstations (and the forerunners of the Macintosh), Smalltalk,
the overlapping window interface, Desktop Publishing, the Ethernet,
Laser printing, and network "client-servers."
Prior to his work at Xerox, Dr. Kay was a member of the University
of Utah ARPA research team that developed 3-D graphics. There he earned
a doctorate (with distinction) in 1969 for the development of the
first graphical object-oriented personal computer. He holds undergraduate
degrees in mathematics and molecular biology from the University of
Colorado. Kay also participated in the original design of the ARPANet,
which later became the Internet.
After Xerox PARC, Kay was Chief Scientist of Atari, a Fellow of Apple
Computer for 12 years, and then for 5 years Vice President of Research
and Development at The Walt Disney Company. In 2001 he founded Viewpoints
Research Institute, a non-profit organization located in Glendale,
CA., and in 2002 he joined the Hewlett-Packard Co. as a Senior Fellow.
|Dr. Kay has received numerous honors, including the ACM Software
Systems Award, the ACM Outstanding Educator Award, the J-D Warnier
Prix D'Informatique and the NEC 2001 C&C Prize. He has been elected
a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National
Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Computer
Museum History Center. He is a recipient of the ZeroOne Award from
the University of Berlin, and recently received an honorary doctorate
degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He was inducted
into the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) as a "Hall
of Fame Member, November 2003. He was awarded the Draper Prize by
the National Academy of Engineering in May 2004 and has recently been
given an appointment as Sr. Scientist with the Division of Information
Technology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In June of 2004
He was accorded the Turing award from the Association for Computing
Machinery; Also in June of 2004 he was declared a Kyoto Prize Laureate
in advanced technology by the Inamori Foundation.
|A former professional jazz guitarist, composer, and
theatrical designer, he is now an amateur classical pipe organist.