James Gosling Computer hardware and software

Created the Java programming language

The Story

Gosling discovered computers at the age of 13, at the University of Calgary, where he later received a BSc in Computer Science in 1977. In 1983 he received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After Gosling joined Sun Microsystems in 1984, he developed a project called NEWS (Network Extensible Windowing System), a PostScript-interpreter-based system of distributing computer-processing power across a network. In 1991 Gosling began working on Java, a new programming language, as a secret project. The results were released in 1995, adding a new dimension to Internet capabilities. Java allows small programs, or applets, to be distributed over a network and safely used by client software on potentially any platform. Gosling also wrote the first version of Emacs for UNIX. Other accomplishments include: a multiprocessor version of UNIX, several compilers, mail systems and window managers, and a satellite data acquisition system.

Sources: Globe and Mail, October 17, 1995; Sun Microsystems

The Person

May 1, 1956
Calgary, Alberta
Software Engineer
Last Updated
October 15, 2001

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