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IDT Open Seminar: Experiences and Reflections of a Computer Pioneer


Harold Lawson , Harold “Bud” Lawson



Start time:

2013-12-12 15:15

End time:

2013-12-12 17:00


room Omega

Contact person:


Harold “Bud” Lawson has lived and worked in Sweden for over 42 years where he has made many significant contributions to industrial, military and academic sectors. His professional career in the computer industry began in 1959 under the direction of the legendary Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper at Remington-Rand Univac in Philadelphia. During his long career, he participated in several pioneering efforts software, hardware and computer-based systems. For his 1964 invention of the pointer variable concept for programming languages, he was awarded the Charles Babbage Computer Pioneer award in 2000. Thus he joined an elite group of approximately one hundred pioneers around the world who have received this prestigious IEEE Computer Society Award. In this seminar he will present some of the highlights of his experiences and reflections upon developments in the computing. These experiences and reflections have recently been published in an invited chapter in the IFIP book on “Reflections on the History of Computing: Preserving Memories and Sharing Stories”. The seminar will reveal several surprising aspects of the development of computer technology and the computer industry.

Harold Lawson,