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.[1]

Bob Doran

Robert W, Doran in 2012
in Cambridge, England.
Born(1944-11-05)5 November 1944
Died13 October 2018(2018-10-13) (aged 73)
Auckland, New Zealand
CitizenshipNew Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury, Stanford University
Known forHistory of computing
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsCity 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).[2] He first worked with computers in 1963.[3] He was a Principal Computer Architect at Amdahl Corporation (Sunnyvale, California) during 1976–1982.[1] 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,[4] especially of totalisators.[5]

Doran's research interests included computer architecture, parallel algorithms, and computer programming. He was also interested in the history of computing.[2] In 2017, he contributed to The Turing Guide.[6]

Robert Doran was made an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society,[3] now the Institute of IT Professionals.

Bob Doran died on 13 October 2018 at home in Auckland.[7]

Selected publicationsEdit

Doran is also a listed inventor on the following US patents assigned to Amdahl Corporation: 4503512 (1985), 4967342 (1990), 5109522 (1992).


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b "Bob Doran". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ "Computing History Displays". Computer Science. New Zealand: University of Auckland. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Computing History Displays: Totalisators". Computer Science. New Zealand: University of Auckland. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ Carpenter, Brian; Doran, Robert (2017). "Chapter 22 – Turing's Zeitgeist". In Copeland, Jack; et al. (eds.). The Turing Guide. pp. 223–231.
  7. ^ "Robert William (Bob) DORAN". The New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2018.

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