Scott E. Delman
acm technews now available
in the android market
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foRmeR acm PResiDents
Two former ACM presidents
died in July—Franz L. Alt,
100, on July 21 and Daniel
McCracken, 81, on July 31. Born in Vienna, Austria, on November 10, 1910, Alt fled the Nazis to come to the U.S. in 1938. He was a mathematician who studied set-theoretic topology and econometrics. Drafted by the U. S. Army during World War II, Alt worked at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was a member
of the Computations Committee,
and helped the army adopt
automatic computers. After the
war, he moved to the National
Bureau of Standards, from 1948
to 1967, where he helped lead the
federal government’s early use of
In 1947 he was a founder of
the ACM, and served as its third
president, from 1950 to 1952.
He was editor of the Journal
of the ACM from 1954 to 1958,
and was the first recipient of the
Distinguished Service Award in
1970. In 1994, he was among
the first group to be inducted as
a Fellow of the ACM.
McCracken was born on July 23, 1930, in Hughesville, M T, and earned egrees in mathematics and chemistry, as well as a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. He worked at General Electric starting in 1951. McCracken wrote Digital Computing Programming, the first programming textbook, in 1957. He left General Electric in 1959 to be a consultant and write a series of books on Fortran and Cobol; his Fortran books were the standard textbooks for more
than two decades. McCracken
taught at City College of New
York from 1981 until his death.
McCracken was president of
the ACM from 1978 to 1980, and
chaired the ACM Committee on
Computers and Public Policy.
He was inducted as an ACM
Fellow in 1994.