Accession GA180 - J. Wesley Graham fonds : 2006 accrual.

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J. Wesley Graham fonds : 2006 accrual.

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SCA160-GA180

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  • 1950-1974 (Creation)
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    Graham, J. Wesley (James Wesley)

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(1932-)

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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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Consists of two folders of textual material and five group portraits from Wesley J. Graham's time as a student at the University of Toronto.

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Received in two accessions in 2005 and 2006.

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