C.C. Gotlieb, Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
C.C. (Kelly) Gotlieb is the founder of the Department of Computer
Science (DCS) at the University of Toronto (UofT), and is widely regarded as the “Father of
Computing in Canada”. As stated in his 1996 Order of Canada investiture,
“(Kelly) has been largely responsible for leading Canadians into the modern age
of computing.” Now in his 90th year, Gotlieb remains extremely active. He has
served for the last twenty years as the co-chair of the awards committee for
the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), which is the largest
international scientific and educational organization for computing, and
continues to this day to give invited talks at various meetings. Awards and
honors include: Fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the Association of
Computing Machinery, the British Computer Society, and the Canadian Information
Processing Society; and four honorary doctorates from the University of
Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the Technical University of Nova Scotia
and the University of Victoria.
On his 90th birthday, Kelly, a founding father of DCS will describe early computers at UofT, including
their designs, how they were built, those that were aborted, those that were
bought, early programming and the people involved in computer science.
Kelly will share his experiences during the creation of the
graduate program and undergraduate program in Computer Science and highlight
the consequences of subsequent developments in computing and his opinions on
what’s next in computing.
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* There is no registration for this event. Seating is limited, so arriving early is recommended.