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'Father of computing' says we're vulnerable to attack

Gotlieb says consequences 'unimaginable'

By Carla Wilson, Times Colonist November 11, 2011 


The "father of computing in Canada" is urging stronger efforts to safeguard systems controlling vital infrastructure from attacks.

Computing pioneer Calvin (Kelly) Gotlieb said computer systems running operations such as power grids, hospitals and airports should be protected at all costs to avoid "unimaginable consequences."

Gotlieb, 90, was in Victoria on Thursday to accept an honorary doctorate of engineering from the University of Victoria, the latest of many honours he has received nationally and internationally.

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   About Kelly Gotlieb:

  • CIPS Founder (1958)
  • CIPS President (1960-1961)
  • CIPS Honorary Member (1987)
  • Established first university credit course on computing in Canada (1950)
  • Part of the first team in Canada to design and construct digital computers and to provide computing services (1948)
  • Founded first graduate department of computer science in Canada (1964)
  • Recipient of the Isaac L. Auerbach Medal (1994)
  • Recipient of the Order of Canada (1996)
  • Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto


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