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The creator of The First Polish Computer Died


z_darius 14 | 3,968
22 Feb 2010 #1
Jacek Karpiński, one of the prominent pioneers in computer science.
peterweg 37 | 2,319
22 Feb 2010 #2
He might have been a pioneer but having no influence outside the communist block wouldn't have made him prominent.

Quite frankly the contribution to the computer world from communist countries is zero.
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 488
22 Feb 2010 #3
well... 16bit computer in early 70' was a something really new... it offered multithreading, memory paging etc- something that is a standard today, but those day- it was a light years ahead of other computers (including the most popular /today/ ibm-pc.

so, in short: there is absolutly no reason to be ashamed of it :)
jwojcie 2 | 763
22 Feb 2010 #4
Oh my... Peterweg, go back to school... You could start with this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_notation

Fact is, Poland didn't contribute much in the begining of computer science era. Bet certainly it is not zero. Beside, it is not polite to spoil thread dedicated to a man who is important for Polish science.

Jacek Karpiński was a fine and wise man and deserves to be remembered
convex 20 | 3,978
22 Feb 2010 #5
Fact is, Poland didn't contribute much in the begining of computer science era. Bet certainly it is not zero.

paging was a huge contribution.
OP z_darius 14 | 3,968
22 Feb 2010 #6
He might have been a pioneer but having no influence outside the communist block wouldn't have made him prominent.

Maybe it wouldn't have but it did:

List of prominent pioneers in computer
(Nationmaster website is not owned or run by Poles)

Check out wikipedia on the same topic.


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