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Professor Thomas C Bartee

December 18, 1926 February 11, 2018
Professor Thomas C Bartee
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Professor Thomas C. Bartee was a pioneer in digital computing. He held many positions in industry and academia, including Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Engineering at Harvard University. Professor Bartee wrote a leading textbook in computer science, "Digital Computer Fundamentals", which was published in multiple editions and multiple languages (first edition: 1960). He wrote many additional books on mathematics and computing, including "Modern Applied Algebra" (with Garrett Birkhoff, 1970), "Introduction to Computer Science" (1975), and "Basic Computer Programming" (1981). Professor Bartee also served as the editor for several books on topics related to computer and software engineering, including "Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence" (1988) and "Digital Communications" (1986). Professor Bartee was also a consultant to industry and made key contributions to defense and civilian systems at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, and the Institute for Defense Analysis.

Professor Bartee served in the Navy in World War II.

He was born and raised in Moberly, MO and lived in Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and Arlington, VA. Professor Bartee's enduring legacy includes documenting his original work and making his knowledge available for others to understand and apply through his books, papers, and teaching. He enjoyed reading and playing golf in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife Mildred and his son Thomas Q. Bartee.

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