On June 15, 2019, NYU researcher Yann LeCun and two colleagues were presented with the 2018 Turing Award for their work in artificial intelligence. The award’s namesake, Alan Turing, was a computing pioneer and is considered by many to be an icon of the LGBTQ movement.
George Sadowsky was the Director of NYU’s Academic Computing Facility and the Director of Network Services at ITS prior to his retirement in November, 2000. This article, originally published in the spring 2001 issue of Connect, was an excerpt from reminiscences given by George.
From Morse to microcomputing, for much of the 20th century, New York was home to the country’s top computing and information technology businesses and research universities. The New York Historical Society’s Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York collects artifacts from this exciting era.