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December 5: Richard Wexelblat Recieves First Computer Science Degree


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Jeffrey Powers

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December 5: Richard Wexelblat Recieves First Computer Science Degree

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Richard Wexelblat – History of Programming Languages

1965 - Richard Wexelblat was the first candidate to complete his doctoral dissertation, hence giving him a degree in “Computer Science“. It was presented at the University of Pennsylvania - Moore School of Electrical Engineering. Richard went on to write the “History of Programming Languages” (ISBN:0-12-745040-8)

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From: Dick Wexelblat – December 6,2012 at 1:39 pm

To clarify: My degree is said to have been the first awarded by a Computer Science Department (actually Computer & Information Sciences). Others earlier received doctorates from other kinds of departments in what we now call Computer Science. (Was it on 12/5? I forget the exact date.)

From: Jeffrey Powers – December 6,2012 at 1:48 pm

That is true. Thanks for the clarification. I'll make the change!

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