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In Memoriam: Alexander Fraser


Fraser was perhaps best known as a pioneer of Virtual Circuit technologies.

Credit: University of Cambridge (U.K.)

We're sad to record the death of Alexander Fraser, a computer science pioneer whose work was fundamental to the development of the Internet we use today.

Known to many simply as 'Sandy,' he died in June 2022. He is an alumnus of this Department, having come to the University of Cambridge as Assistant Director of Research and completing his Ph.D. in Computing Science here in 1969.

He then moved on to AT&T Bell Labs and is perhaps best known as a pioneer of Virtual Circuit technologies – the kind of networks that would later be known as ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) – in which field he won many awards.

These awards included, in 2001, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal "for pioneering contributions to the architecture of communication networks through the development of virtual circuit switching technology."

From University of Cambridge (U.K.) Department of Computer Science and Technology
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