Alan Kay

Computer Scientist

1940 –


Who is Alan Kay?

Alan Curtis Kay is an American computer scientist. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design, and for coining the phrase, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also on the advisory board of TTI/Vanguard. Until mid-2005, he was a Senior Fellow at HP Labs, a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After 10 years at Xerox PARC, Kay became Atari's chief scientist for three years.

Kay is also a former professional jazz guitarist, composer, and theatrical designer, and an amateur classical pipe organist.

Famous Quotes:

  • Perspective is worth 80 IQ points
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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May 17, 1940
Also known as
  • Alan Curtis Kay
  • United States of America
  • Doctorate, University of Utah
    (1966 - )
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Colorado Boulder
    Molecular biology
  • Mathematics
  • Master's Degree, University of Utah
  • University of Utah College of Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Visiting Professor, Kyoto University
  • PARC
    (1970 - )
  • President, Viewpoints Research Institute
    (2001 - )
  • Chief Scientist, Atari, Inc.
  • Fellow, Apple Inc.
  • Fellow, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Senior Fellow, Hewlett-Packard
    ( - 2005)
Lived in
  • Springfield

on July 23, 2013


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