Computer Science Superheroes


Marc Hannah

Born: 1956
Major Academic Events:
  • Bachelors Degree - Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (1977)
  • Masters Degree at Stanford (1978)
  • Ph.D. at Stanford (1985)
Contributions to Computer Science:
  • Co-founded Silicon Graphics Inc. (The company developed graphics software that was used in major movies such as Aladdin, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park)
  • Helped develop a geometry engine as part of his Ph.D. research
  • Helped introduce technology into the public education system

Elizabeth Feinler

Born: 1931
Major Academic Events:
  • Bachelors Degree at West Liberty University (Chemistry)
  • Did graduate work in biochemistry at Purdue
  • Added to the Alumni Wall of Honor at West Liberty University
Contributions to Computer Science:
  • Helped develop the .com and .edu domain system
  • Worked as a contractor for the NASA Ames Research Center
  • Managed ARPANET, DDN, MIC (forerunners of today's Internet)

Alan Turing

Born: June 23,1931
Died: June 7,1954
Major Academic Events:
  • Studied math at the University of Cambridge
  • Elected to a fellowship at King College for work in probability theory
  • Ph. D. in mathematical logic at Princeton
Contributions to Computer Science:
  • Created the Turing machine, making many consider him to be the father of computer science
  • Cracked the German ENIGMA code during WW2
  • Made the first steps towards AI, stating the conecpt that brains just conduct algorithmic equations to think