Accession GA144 - J. Wesley Graham fonds : 2003 accrual : WATFAC files.

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J. Wesley Graham fonds : 2003 accrual : WATFAC files.

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1.5 m of textual records
80 computer disks
7 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm

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James Wesley Graham was a Canadian computing pioneer who was known as the "father of computing" at the University of Waterloo and who was "chiefly responsible for the university's international reputation in software development." (Donn Downey, The Globe and Mail).

Born in Copper Cliff, Ontario on Jan. 17, 1932, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Toronto from 1950-1955. He worked for IBM Canada until 1959 when he joined the University of Waterloo. At first he taught statistics in the the Dept. of Mathematics where a "Computing Centre" was established in 1960. When it became a separate department in 1962, he became the director. He pioneered the creation of software to support education, especially in the teaching of computer programming and in making computing accessible. In the 1960's he worked with the Ministry of Education to develop computer programming instruction courses for high school students. He received the Order of Canada in 1999 for his contributions to computer science. James Wesley Graham died in 1999.

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Accrual consists of material relating to the history, organization and operation of Waterloo Foundation for the Advancement of Computing, Inc. from its foundation in 1974 to 1998. A large portion of the files deal with individual fellowships funded by WATFAC. Includes correspondence, reports, legal documents, financial information, electronic records (computer disks) and photographs.

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Donated in 2003 by the Estate of J. Wesley Graham.


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Diskettes sent for data extraction 2021:
File 2 (2 diskettes extracted)
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