Evelyn Berezin

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Evelyn Berezin
Born April 12, 1925
Education B.S. in physics, 1951
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Computer engineer, Physicist
Employer Electronic Computer Corporation
Known for Designing one of the first word processors; helping design some of the first computer reservations systems
Religion Judaism [1]
Spouse(s) Israel Wilenitz [2]
Awards Fellowship from the United States Atomic Energy Commission

Evelyn Berezin (born April 12, 1925) is an American computer engineer best known for designing one of the first word processors. She also helped design some of the first computer reservations systems for banks.[3]

Career and Contributions[edit]

Berezin went to New York University intending to major in business until she received a job offer and was prompted to change her major to physics. She received her B.S. in physics in 1951.[3] She began graduate work at New York University, and held a fellowship from the United States Atomic Energy Commission. She accepted a job with the Electronic Computer Corporation and began working there as a logic designer.[4] After it had become purchased by Underwood Corporation and became the Elecom Division, she became the head of the logic design department.[3][5]

In 1953, while working for the Underwood Company (originally known as Underwood Typewriter Company), she created what is now considered the first office computer.[4] Underwood later merged with Olivetti, but they did not continue the project.[4] After the Underwood Typewriter Company, Berezin went to Teleregister where she developed the first computerized airline reservation system. [1] In 1968, Berezin had the idea for a word processor to simplify the work of secretaries, and in 1969 she founded the first word processor company, Redactron Corporation.[4]Between 1980 and 1987, Berezin served as President of Greenhouse Management Company, General Partner of a venture capital group dedicated to early stage high technology companies.[5] Throughout her career she has received honorary doctorates from Adelphi University and Eastern Michigan University. Berezin has also served on the Boards of CIGNA, Standard MEMS, Koppers, and Datapoint.[4]

Berezin is now a director at Intellicheck Inc. and is on the Board of the Stony Brook Foundation at SUNY-- Stony Brook University, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Boyce Thompson Institute.[6] Berezin established the Berezin-Wilenitz Endowment which will give the value of her estate to fund either a chair, professorship, or research fund at Stony Brook in any field of science as stated in her will and testament.[7] In addition to the endowment, Berezin and her late husband funded the Sam and Rose Berezin Endowed Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship that is awarded to an undergraduate student who plans to study in the field of science, engineering or mathematics, in honor of her parents. Berezin and Wilenitz also established the Israel Wilenitz Endowment, this provides discretionary funds to the Linguistics Department at Stony Brook University, where Wilenitz received a Master's Degree.[7]

Personal Life[edit]

Berezin was married for 51 years to Israel Wilenitz, born in 1922 in London. Wilenitz passed away on February 20, 2003. [8] She currently resides in Setauket and has an apartment in New York City. [7]

Awards[edit]

Patents[edit]

  • Information Transfer Apparatus [9]
  • Electronic Data File Processor [10]
  • Information Transfer System [11]
  • On-Line Data Transfer Apparatus [12]
  • Electrical Assemblage [13]
  • Data Processing System [14]
  • Arithmetic Device [15]
  • Electronic Calculator with Dynamic Recirculating Storage Register [16]
  • Control means with Record Sensing for an Electronic Calculator [17]

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