Daniel D. McCracken

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Daniel D. McCracken
Born July 23, 1930
Hughesville, Judith Basin County, Montana, USA
Died July 30, 2011(2011-07-30) (aged 81)
New York City, USA
Nationality USA
Alma mater Central Washington University (B.S., Mathematics and Chemistry, 1951).
Union Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1970)
Occupation professor, author, and computer scientist
Known for Computer pioneer, computer programmer, computer scientist, and author of computer programming books

Daniel D. McCracken (July 23, 1930 – July 30, 2011) was a computer scientist in the United States. He was a Professor of Computer Sciences at the City College of New York, and the author of over two dozen textbooks on computer programming. His A Guide to Fortran Programming (Wiley, 1961) and its successors were the standard textbooks on that language for over two decades. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.

Career[edit]

McCracken was born in 1930 in Hughesville, Judith Basin County, Montana, a mining town, and graduated in 1951 from Central Washington University with degrees in mathematics and chemistry.[1] He worked seven years with the General Electric Company in computer applications and programmer training. After that, he worked at the New York University Atomic Energy Commission Computer Center, and was a graduate student at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. In 1959 he became a consultant and continued writing on computer subjects. In 1970 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York.[1]

From 1976-78, he was vice president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), from 1978-80 he was president of the ACM, and in 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of ACM.

He joined the City College of New York Computer Sciences Department in 1981. In 1989 he received the Norbert Weiner Award for Social and Professional Responsibility from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.[2]

Death[edit]

McCracken died of cancer a week after his 81st birthday on July 30, 2011 in New York City. He was survived by his second wife, Helen Blumenthal, seven children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grand children. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Edwards, three brothers and two sisters.[1][3]

Books[edit]

  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1957). Digital Computer Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; Harold Weiss; Tsai H. Lee (1959). Programming Business Computers (1 ed.). Wiley. ASIN B000MFMTLG. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1961). A Guide to Fortran Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. ASIN B0000EGLDD. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1962). A Guide to Algol Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1962). A Guide to IBM 1401 Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1963). A Guide to Cobol Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; Fred J. Gruenberger (1963). Introduction to Electronic Computing (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; William S. Dorn (1964). Numerical Methods and Fortran Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1965). A Programmer’s Introduction to the IBM System/360 Architecture, Instructions, and Assembler Language (1 ed.). IBM. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1965). A Guide to Fortran IV Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. LCCN 65026848. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1967). Fortran with Engineering Applications (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; Umberto Garbassi (1970). A Guide to Cobol Programming (2 ed.). Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-58244-1. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1972). To Love or to Perish: The Technological Crisis and the Churches. J. Edward Carothers, Margaret Mead, Roger L. Shinn (eds.) (1 ed.). Friendship Press. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; William S. Dorn (1972). Numerical Methods with Fortran IV Case Studies (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1974). A Simplified Guide to Fortran Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1976). A Simplified Guide to Structured Cobol Programming (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; William S. Dorn (1976). Introductory Finite Mathematics with Computing (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1978). A Guide to PL/M for Microcomputer Applications (1 ed.). Addison-Wesley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1981). A Guide to Nomad for Applications Development (1 ed.). Addison-Wesley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1984). Computing for Engineers and Scientists with Fortran 77 (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1986). A Second Course in Computer Science with Pascal (1 ed.). Wiley. ASIN B001NBX18S. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; William I. Salmon (1987). A Second Course in Computer Science with Modula-2 [data structures] (1 ed.). Wiley. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; William I. Salmon (1988). Computing for Engineers and Scientists with Fortran 77 (2 ed.). Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-62552-0. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; Donald G. Golden (1990). Simplified Structured Cobol with Microsoft/MicroFocus Cobol (1 ed.). Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-51407-7. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D. (1992). Learning GEL By Example (1 ed.). Gain Technology. 
  • McCracken, Daniel D.; Rosalee J. Wolfe (2003). User-Centered Website Development: A Human-Computer Interaction Approach (1 ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-041161-7. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lohr, Steve (August 12, 2011). "Daniel D. McCracken, Expert on Computers, Dies at 81". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Daniel D. McCracken Biography, Central Washington University, USA.
  3. ^ Swalec, Andrea, "Washington Heights Computer Science Expert Dies", DNAinfo, August 1, 2011.

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