Edmund C. Berkeley ACM Founder We are saddened to report the death of Edmund C. Berkeley, the principal figure in the founding of ACM. He died on March 7, 1988 of liver cancer in Newtonville, Massachusetts, two weeks before his 79th birthday. Since 1949 Ed Berkeley was editor and publisher of Computers and People magazine, (formerly Computers and Automation) which claims to be the oldest magazine in the computer field with worldwide distribution. During this time he established Berkeley Enterprises Inc., and wrote 16 books on computers and mathematics, traveled the world lecturing on computers and the social responsibilities of computer scientists. Franz Alt, one of ACM s earliest presidents, credits Ed Berkeley with being the founder of ACM, who conceived the idea and by diligent and persistent work, saw it through to fruition. He drafted the first announcement of plans for an association of computer people, located other interested organizers, arranged the first meeting and then served as its Secretary, without compensation, for six years. A graduate of Harvard University in 1930, Berkeley gained his early calculating experience using punch card equipment as an actuary for the Prudential Insurance Company. As a naval officer during World
Communications of the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Published: Jun 1, 1988
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