12 Facts About Alan Kay


Alan Kay has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts.

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Alan Kay is best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design.

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Alan Kay was the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute before its closure in 2018, and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Alan Kay is a former professional jazz guitarist, composer, and theatrical designer.

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Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Alan Kay's family relocated several times due to his father's career in physiology before ultimately settling in the New York metropolitan area when he was nine.

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Alan Kay then taught guitar in Denver, Colorado for a year and hastily enlisted in the United States Air Force when the local draft board inquired about his nonstudent status.

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Alan Kay earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1968, then a Doctor of Philosophy in computer science in 1969.

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Alan Kay is the architect of the modern overlapping windowing graphical user interface .

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Alan Kay remained there until Ferren left to start Applied Minds Inc with Imagineer Danny Hillis, leading to the cessation of the Fellows program.

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In December 1995, while still at Apple, Alan Kay collaborated with many others to start the open source Squeak version of Smalltalk, and he continues to work on it.

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Alan Kay is a prominent co-developer of the computer, focusing on its educational software using Squeak and Etoys.

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Alan Kay has lectured extensively on the idea that the computer revolution is very new, and all of the good ideas have not been universally implemented.

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