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William "Bill" Wulf

William "Bill" Wulf is a computer scientist who specializes in the computer security, computer architecture, and the interface between computer hardware and software. In 1968, Wulf received the first ever Ph.D. in Computer Science awarded by the University of Virginia. Wulf was then hired as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science by Carnegie-Mellon University, where he stayed until 1981, when he founded Tartan Laboratories. He left the company in 1988 to become Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, where he served until 1990. At that time he returned to the University of Virginia's Computer Science Department, and was elected President of the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. Wulf stayed at the University of Virginia until 2012, when he resigned his position as Professor Emeritus in protest of the firing of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan.(1)

Wulf's research has centered around the hardware/software interface and thus encompassed both computer programming and computer architecture. He designed the Bliss systems-implementation language, which was subsequently adopted by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Wulf also worked with DEC on the architectural design of the PDP-11 minicomputer. Wulf also designed the C.mmp multiprocessor and the Hydra operating system. While at Tartan Laboratories, Wulf helped to create optimized compilers for high-level languages such as FORTRAN and C. During his tenure as Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, Wulf headed the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), which was responsible for operating the National Supercomputer Centers and NSFnet, as well as computer science research. While at the NSF Wulf was also involved in the development of the High Performance Computing and Communication Initiative and in the formative discussions of the proper government role in developing the National Information Infrastructure. After he returned to the University of Virginia, Wulf charied the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.(2)


1 : http://www.cs.virginia.edu/people/faculty/wulf.html

2 : http://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/dow/wulf.html

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