The IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

(from the Awards Program Booklet)
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC
2003 May 09

The Computer Pioneer Award was established in 1981 by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society to recognize and honor the vision of those people whose efforts resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the electronic computer industry. The award is presented annually to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the concepts and development of the computer field was made at least fifteen years earlier.

The recognition is engraved on the Computer Pioneer medal specially struck for the Society.

The Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society is proud to recognize Robert W. Bemer as a Computer Pioneer.


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babbage side

"For meeting the world's needs for variant character sets and other
symbols, via ASCII, ASCII-alternate sets, and escape sequences"

Bob Bemer, becoming a programmer in early 1949, has worked at RAND Corporation,
Marquardt, Lockheed, IBM, Univac, Bull GE, General Electric, and Honeywell.


See for text of the nomination.

See Past Recipients

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