Jay Wright Forrester

1918 - 2016

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Jay Wright Forrester (July 14, 1918 – November 16, 2016) was a pioneering American computer engineer and systems scientist. He is credited with being one of the inventors of magnetic core memory, the predominant form of random-access computer memory during the most explosive years of digital computer development (between 1955 and 1975). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jay Wright Forrester has received more than 231,224 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Jay Wright Forrester is the 39th most popular computer scientist (up from 44th in 2019), the 2,822nd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,835th in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Jay Wright Forrester ranks 39 out of 205Before him are Ivan Sutherland, Jef Raskin, Don Norman, Tony Hoare, Ken Kutaragi, and Pierre Bézier. After him are Allen Newell, Charles Bachman, Brian Kernighan, Leslie Lamport, James Gosling, and Barbara Liskov.

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Among people born in 1918, Jay Wright Forrester ranks 104Before him are Aldo van Eyck, Ajahn Chah, Raimon Panikkar, Fernando Peyroteo, Vasyl Sukhomlynsky, and Cameron Mitchell. After him are Thomas Gordon, María Mercader, George Mosse, Leila Mourad, George Lincoln Rockwell, and Ángel Labruna. Among people deceased in 2016, Jay Wright Forrester ranks 145Before him are António Mascarenhas Monteiro, Georges Cottier, Vilmos Zsigmond, Susannah Mushatt Jones, Bill Mollison, and David Huddleston. After him are Peter Hans Kolvenbach, Black, Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, Héctor Babenco, Silvana Pampanini, and Hassan Al-Turabi.

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Among people born in United States, Jay Wright Forrester ranks 2,822 out of 15,968Before him are Dan Flavin (1933), Roy Cohn (1927), Henry Wilson (1812), Gloria Grahame (1923), Charles Koch (1935), and David Huddleston (1930). After him are Jim Bridger (1804), Leon Uris (1924), Philip Kaufman (1936), John Landis (1950), Francis Preserved Leavenworth (1858), and Carmen Dell'Orefice (1931).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Jay Wright Forrester ranks 24Before him are J. C. R. Licklider (1915), Ward Cunningham (1949), Frances E. Allen (1932), Ivan Sutherland (1938), Jef Raskin (1943), and Don Norman (1935). After him are Allen Newell (1927), Charles Bachman (1924), Leslie Lamport (1941), Barbara Liskov (1939), Warren Weaver (1894), and Kevin Mitnick (1963).