Robert Tappan Morris

Computer Scientist

1965 –

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Who is Robert Tappan Morris?

Robert Tappan Morris is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is best known for creating the Morris Worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet, and for companies he has founded.

Morris was prosecuted for releasing the worm, and became the first person convicted under the new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He went on to co-found the online store Viaweb, one of the first web-based applications, and later the funding firm Y Combinator—both with Paul Graham.

He later joined the faculty in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received tenure in 2006.

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Born
Nov 8, 1965
Also known as
  • Robert Morris
Parents
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Doctorate, Harvard University
    Applied science
    ( - 1999)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University
    ( - 1987)
  • Cornell University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Employment
  • Meraki Networks
    (2006 - )
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    (1999 - )
  • Partner, Y Combinator
  • Convex Computer

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on July 23, 2013

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