Memorial for Robert Taylor Will Be Held This Saturday
Taylor, who retired from TC in 2009 as Associate Professor of Computing and Education, was a digital pioneer who founded TC’s Computing in Education Program in 1976 – one of the first such graduate programs in the world. He passed away in October 2013.
Taylor edited the influential 1980 volume The Computer in the School: Tutor, Tool, Tutee and invented and applied a structured language to teach programming (FPL, or First Programming Language). His invited testimony before a Senate subcommittee led by then-Senator Al Gore played a significant part in shaping Gore’s proposed 1984 National Educational Software Act, which was designed to encourage development of high-equality interactive educational software.
Taylor was also a gifted amateur singer and artist who sketched many people at TC, including himself.
Published Monday, Jan. 6, 2014