CEOHP collection summaries: Dan McCracken

Dan McCracken

Location(s) where grew up: Ellensburg, WA USA; last year of high school in Ithaca, NY USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. Mathematics (1950) and B.A. Chemistry (1951) from Central Washington University in Ellensburg WA USA; graduate study at Courant Institute Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in New York, NY USA; M. div. (cum laude) from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY USA (1970); continuing education at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY USA

Location(s) where employed: A variety of technical positions at various locations of General Electric Company: Hanford Atomic Products Operation (Hanford, WA USA), Jet Engine division (Evendale, OH USA), Computer Department (Phoenix, AZ USA), and Manufacturing Control Services (New York, NY USA); New York University Atomic Energy Commission Computing Center; adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York, NY USA; self-employed author and consultant; professor of computer sciences, department chair, and curriculum committee chair at City College, City University of New York in New York, NY USA

Career stage when interviewed: Full professor in the Computer Science Department at City College of New York

Areas of interest: Website development; programming languages; computer science pedagogy

Highlights: His book Digital Computer Programming (1957) was the first textbook on the subject. Among his 25 book titles are standard works on Fortran, Algol, Cobol, and numerical methods; ACM vice president 1976-78 and president 1978-80; former chairman of the History of Computing Committee of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies; former chairman of the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; former Director of the Charles Babbage Institute Center for the History of Information Processing; four-time ACM National Lecturer; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1985); Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1992); SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (1992)

Interviewed June 17, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear