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Q&A: A Graphics and Hypertext Innovator

Andries van Dam

Andries van Dam

Credit: Brown University

Andy van Dam has been on the faculty at Brown University for more than 50 years. A committed mentor and educator, he co-founded the university's computer science department and served as its first chairman; he still teaches undergraduates. His research has been formative to the field of interactive computer graphics—from the Hypertext Editing System (or HES, co-designed with Ted Nelson), which used interactive displays to create and visualize hypertext, to Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, a book he co-wrote with James Foley that later became the widely used reference book Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice.

You got your Ph.D.—one of the first formal computer science Ph.D.'s ever awarded—at the University of Pennsylvania.


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