Robert W. Doran
Robert William Doran HFNZCS (5 November 1944 – 13 October 2018) was a New Zealand-based computer scientist and historian of computing. He was Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Robert W, Doran in 2012
in Cambridge, England.
|Born||5 November 1944|
|Died||13 October 2018 (aged 73)|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Alma mater||University of Canterbury, Stanford University|
|Known for||History of computing|
|Institutions||City University, Massey University, Amdahl Corporation, University of Auckland|
Robert W. Doran studied at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and for a Masters in computer science from Stanford University (California, United States) in 1967. He taught at City University (London, England) and Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand). He first worked with computers in 1963. He was a Principal Computer Architect at Amdahl Corporation (Sunnyvale, California) during 1976–1982. He joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland in 1982 and was Head of Department. He maintained computing history displays in the department, especially of totalisators.
Doran's research interests included computer architecture, parallel algorithms, and computer programming. He was also interested in the history of computing. In 2017, he contributed to The Turing Guide.
- Carpenter, B. E. & Doran, R. W. (1977). The other Turing machine. The Computer Journal, 20(3):269–279.
- Doran, R. W. (1977). Computer Architecture: A Structured Approach. Academic Press, 1979.
- Doran, R. W. & Thomas, L. K. (1980). Variants of the software solution to mutual exclusion. Information Processing Letters, 10(4/5):206–208, July.
- Carpenter, B. E. & Doran, R. W. (1986). AM Turing's ACE Report of 1946 and Other Papers, Vol. 10, Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for the History of Computing, MIT Press.
- Doran, R. W. (1988). Variants of an improved carry look-ahead adder. IEEE Transactions on Computers, 37(9):1110–1113. doi:10.1109/12.2261
- Doran, R. W. (1988). Amdahl Multiple-Domain Architecture. Computer, 21(10):20–28. doi:10.1109/2.7054
- Thomborson, C. D. & Doran, R. W. (2005). Incredible Codes. In A. Brook (ed.), Incredible Science: Explore the Wonderful World of Science (pp. 16–17). New Zealand: Penguin Books.
- Doran, R. W. (1995). Special cases of division, Journal of Universal Computer Science, 1(3):176–194.
- Doran, R. W. (2005). Computer architecture and the ACE computers. In B. J. Copeland (ed.), Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine (pp. 193–206). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Doran, R. W. (2007). The Gray code. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 13(11):1573–1597.
- Doran, R. W. (2007). The First Automatic Totalisator. The Rutherford Journal, 2.
- Carpenter, B. E. & Doran, R. W. (2014). John Womersley: Applied Mathematician and Pioneer of Modern Computing. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 36(2):60–70. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2014.25
Doran is also a listed inventor on the following US patents assigned to Amdahl Corporation: 4503512 (1985), 4967342 (1990), 5109522 (1992).
- Copeland, Jack; Bowen, Jonathan; Sprevak, Mark; Wilson, Robin; et al. (2017). "Notes on Contributors". The Turing Guide. Oxford University Press. p. 476. ISBN 978-0198747833.
- "Bob Doran". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Preserving our IT Heritage: Computers Designed+Assembled in NZ". NZCS – 50 Years of ICT Innovation. New Zealand: New Zealand Computer Society. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Computing History Displays". Computer Science. New Zealand: University of Auckland. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Computing History Displays: Totalisators". Computer Science. New Zealand: University of Auckland. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- Carpenter, Brian; Doran, Robert (2017). "Chapter 22 – Turing's Zeitgeist". In Copeland, Jack; et al. (eds.). The Turing Guide. pp. 223–231.
- "Robert William (Bob) DORAN". The New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2018.
- Emeritus Professor Bob William Doran home page via Archive.org
- Bob Doran personal home page via Archive.org
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