[SIGCIS-Members] Origin of "Computer Science"

Ian S. King isking at uw.edu
Fri Jun 28 11:17:11 PDT 2013

Here is a bit from some research I did a while back to answer a related
question.  Perhaps this may be of help. Sorry for the wonky cut-and-paste.
 -- Ian

Per an account by Donald
in 1961 George Forsythe at Stanford University was using that term and
promoting such a department at Stanford.  Louis Fein had evidently been
speaking of the concept as early as
Forsythe brought it to public view, in Knuth’s opinion.
In an oral history with Albert Bowker of
relates discussions in 1956 about the formation of a computer science


E. Knuth. 1972. George Forsythe and the development of computer
science. *Commun.
ACM* 15, 8 (August 1972), 721-726.

p. 722.

H. Bowker, OH 6. Oral history interview by Pamela McCorduck, 21 May 1979,
Berkeley, Calif. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107140

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM, Martin Campbell-Kelly <
m.campbell-kelly at warwick.ac.uk> wrote:

> I’m trying to find when the term “computer science” came into general use.
> The term “software” seems to be quite accurately dated as appearing in 1960
> in several contemporary publications, but I have found nothing similar for
> computer science.****
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Ian S. King, MSCS ('06, Washington)
Ph.D. Student
The Information School
University of Washington

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