Mark Weiser

.tags Mark Weiser was known as the father of ubiquitous computing. He studied at the University of Michigan and took up Computer and Communication Science. In 1977 he received his M.A. and two years later he finished his Ph.D. studies.

Before he died of stomach cancer last April 27, 1999 he had made a lot of contributions to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) as its chief technologist. Being the head of the computer science laboratory he had authored more than 75 technical publications. Prior to joining PARC in 1987, he was teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park with the course computer science as an associate professor.

Mark Weiser is a firm believer that in all aspect of everyday lives, computer technology must be embedded unassumingly. As John Seely Brown said, “He was driven by looking at how computers could simplify our lives and improve the quality of our living and the quality of our experience. He was really interested in the mantra of, how do you fit computers to people, rather than people to computers.”

His belief in ubiquitous computing is that personal computers should be replaced by small computers being engraved in clothing and objects that are used daily. The principles of ubiquitous computing states that with the computer in our lives it could really help the people do more things rather than do task yourself. Computers will serve as an invisible servant thus making you spend more time with your family.

After his sudden death, the family suggested that instead of sending out flowers to commemorate his departure, donations should be given instead to Mark D. Weiser Excellence in Computing Scholarship Fund at the University of California, Berkeley. These donations shall be used to funds scholarship programs to prospective Computer Science undergraduates of the University.

With these scholarship program, someone who shares the same principle as Mark Weiser might continue and pursue the same idea in the future.

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