Charles Molnar

Computer Scientist

1935 – 1996

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Who was Charles Molnar?

Charles Edwin Molnar was a co-developer of one of the first minicomputers, the LINC, while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. His collaborator was Wesley A. Clark.

The LINC originated decades before the advent of the personal computer. Its development was the result of a National Institutes of Health program that placed 20 copies of an early LINC prototype in selected biomedical research laboratories nationwide. Later, the LINC was produced in greater numbers by Digital Equipment Corp. and other computer manufacturers. Later he was on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.

Charlie Molnar was also well known as a pioneer in the modeling of the auditory system, especially numerical models of the function of the cochlea.

When he died in 1996, he was working at Sun Microsystems on asynchronous circuits with Ivan Sutherland.

Molnar received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, where he was a member of the Cap and Skull Society, and received a doctoral degree from MIT in electrical engineering.

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Born
1935
United States of America
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Died
Dec 13, 1996

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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