There are only two reasons I can give to justify writing these notes. The first is to discuss the various computers and programming languages I have used, and the second is to mention some of my teachers and professional colleagues whom I have had the pleasure to know and to work with. I am not going to talk about my family or friends, or even my cats, all of whom have meant so much to me and have enlivened and enriched my life. Any interested person may see a few pictures at MyFamily.
I was born in London, Ontario on December 9, 1927 and lived in South London which was then a respectable lower middle-class neighbourhood. I believe it has become somewhat more fashionable in recent years and is referred to now by some such name as "Old South London". I attended Wortley Road Public School, London South Collegiate Institute, and the University of Western Ontario. I then went to the University of Toronto where I received a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics in 1952. Subsequently I worked in Ottawa for several years in private industry and various departments of the federal government. In 1963 I went to the University of Alberta in Edmonton where I stayed until my retirement in 1992. I am now a Professor Emeritus of Computing Science.
A chronology of my rather uneventful professional life may be found in a brief Profile.