James E. Thornton

Award Recipient
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James E. Thornton received a B.S.E.E. degree from the Univerty of Minnesota in 1950. He worked at Engineering Research Associates/Remington Rand Univac from 1950 to 1958. At Control Data Corporation from 1958 to 1973, he helped design the CDC 1604, 6600, 6400, 6500, and STAR-100.

In 1974 he founded Network Systems Corporation, which manufactures shorthaul data communications units that interconnect large-scale computers and minicomputers.

Read more about the CDC 6600 Project.


1997 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award
“For pioneering contributions and leadership in high performance computing and networking.”
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1994 Eckert-Mauchly Award Recipient
“For his pioneering work on high performance processors; for inventing the scoreboard for instruction issue; and for fundamental contributions to vector supercomputing.”
Learn more about the Eckert-Mauchly Award