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William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83

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As a graduate student at the University of Virginia in 1968, Wulf was one of the first people to receive a Ph.D. in computer science.

In a statement, ACM said Wulf was “among a very small, distinguished group of people that made significant, core contributions to the creation of the modern Internet.”


William A. Wulf, a pioneering researcher, entrepreneur and policymaker in computer science, who helped adapt an early Pentagon communications web into the network that eventually grew into the Internet, died on March 10 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 83.

The University of Virginia confirmed his death, in a hospice, but did not give a cause.

Wulf made a career in computer science when the field barely existed. As the importance of computers grew, his career became a road map of the developing field: first in academic research, next as an entrepreneur, and then as a policymaker. He later led efforts to reshape and inspire thinking about the conduct, progress and ethics of engineering.

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