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Computer Sciences at Purdue University-1962 to 2000
April-June 2004 (vol. 26 no. 2)
pp. 48-61
John R. Rice, Purdue University
Saul Rosen, (Deceased 9 June 1991)
Purdue University established the first academic department of computer sciences in 1962. The events leading to its establishment are chronicled and its first 35 years of development presented. Nationally, computer science departments experienced a steady increase in size and activities, which were reflected in Purdue's experience. The two periods of crises in the department's history were triggered by the two periods of national enrollment explosion in the number of undergraduate majors.

1. S. Rosen and J.R. Rice, "The Origins of Computing and Computer Sciences at Purdue University," Studies in Computer Sciences: In Honor of Samuel D. Conte, R. DeMillo and J.R. Rice, eds., Plenum, 1994, pp. 31-44.
2. These rankings are based on opinion surveys made by the computer science profession (for example, the Computer Science Board) and not by more traditional academic ranking organizations. Computer science was not yet sufficiently recognized to be included in normal academic ranking procedures.
3. P.J. Denning, "Eating Our Seed Corn," President's letter, Comm. ACM, July 1980.
4. J. Margarrel, "As Students Flock to Computer Science Courses, Colleges Scramble to Find Professors," The Chronicle of Higher Education,9 Feb. 1981, p. 3.
5. P.J. Denning et al., "A Plan for Excellence in Computer Sciences," internal memo, Computer Sciences Dept., Purdue Univ., 15 July 1981; revised 26 Aug. 1981.
6. From the personal records of John Rice.
7. J.R. Rice and S. Rosen, "History of the Computer Sciences Department of Purdue University," Studies in Computer Sciences: In Honor of Samuel D. Conte, R. DeMillo and J.R. Rice, eds., Plenum, 1994, pp. 45-72.

Citation:
John R. Rice, Saul Rosen, "Computer Sciences at Purdue University-1962 to 2000," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 48-61, April-June 2004, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2004.1299659
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