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<p>Fernando Corbat&#x00F3; is a pioneer in the development of time-sharing operating systems. He is well known for his work on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Compatible Time-Sharing System, an early version of which was demonstrated in 1961. After CTSS, Corbat&#x00F3; and his MIT colleagues initiated development of the Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) time-sharing system in collaboration with General Electric and (initially) Bell Telephone Laboratories.</p>
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"Fernando Corbató", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.34, no. 1, pp. 83-87, Jan.-March 2012, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2012.8
1. This interview was started by email in February 2011. It was finished on 21 July 2011 in Professor Corbató's office at MIT. It was edited down from its original length of 6,970 words to the size of this column with the approval of the interviewee. The editor added the citations. At least two scholarly oral histories of Corbató exist: A.L. Norberg, "Interview with Fernando Corbató," 18 Apr. 1989 and 14 Nov. 1990, Charles Babbage Inst., call no. OH 162, http://purl.umn.edu107230; S. Webber, "Oral History of Fernando Corbató," 1 Feb. 2006, Computer History Museum, reference no. X3438.2006, access/text/Oral_History102658041.05.01.acc.pdf . See also K.A Frenkel, "An Interview with Fernando Jose Corbató," Comm. ACM, vol. 34, no. 9, 1991, pp. 83–90.
2. T. Green, Bright Boys: 1938–1958, Two Decades that Changed Everything, AK Peters, 2010.
3. IEEE Annals, special issue on time-sharing at MIT, vol. 14, no. 1, 1992.
4. F. Corbató, M. Merwin-Daggett, and R. Daley, "An Experimental Time-Sharing System," Proc. Spring Joint Computer Conf., vol. 21, 1962, pp. 335–344, sjcc62; D. Walden, and T. Van Vleck eds., "The Compatible Time Sharing System (1961–1973): Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Overview," IEEE Computer Society, 2011, .
5. IEEE Annals, special issue on MIT's Project MAC, vol. 14, no. 2, 1992.
6. F.J. Corbató, J.W. Poduska, and J.H. Saltzer, Advanced Computer Programming: A Case Study of a Classroom Assembly Program, MIT Press, 1963; .
7. F.J. Corbató and V.A. Vyssotsky, "Introduction and Overview of the Multics System," Proc. 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conf., pp. 185–196. See also T. Van Vleck's extensive website of Multics history: http:/
8. Multics was described initially in a set of six papers presented at the 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conference: Proc. AFIPS 1965 Fall Joint Computer Conf., vol. 27, Spartan Books, pp. 185–248. The papers explained what was intended, which in some cases was later revised in light of experience.
9. F. Corbató, "On Building Systems That Will Fail," ACM Turning Award Lecture, 5 Mar. 1991, turing91.
10. The Athena project provided computing and communications for a new (circa 1980s) educational environment at MIT: faculty.pdf and
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