Raphael Finkel

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Raphael Finkel (born 1951) is an American computer scientist and a professor at the University of Kentucky.[1] He compiled the first version of the Jargon File.[2] He is the author of An Operating Systems Vade Mecum,[3] a textbook on operating systems, and Advanced Programming Language Design,[4] an introductory book on programming paradigms. Finkel and J.L. Bentley created the data structure called the quadtree.

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Finkel was born in Chicago. He entered the University of Chicago, where he earned his BA in mathematics and MA in teaching. He then earned a PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Vinton Cerf.

Finkel obtained a position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison after completing his doctorate, and remained there from 1976 until 1987, when he took a position at the University of Kentucky.[5]

Finkel is also an activist for the survival of the Yiddish language, promoting its use and providing fonts, various texts, and tools for writing yiddish in personal computers.[6]

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