Bob Scheifler

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Robert William Scheifler
Born (1954-06-24) June 24, 1954 (age 62)
Kirkwood, Missouri
Citizenship American
Fields Computer science
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known for X Window System, Jini

Robert William Scheifler (born June 24, 1954, Kirkwood, Missouri) is an American computer scientist. He is most notable for leading the development of the X Window System from the project's inception in 1984 until the closure of the MIT X Consortium in 1996. [1] He later became one of the architects of the Jini architecture at Sun Microsystems.[2]

Bob has stated that his goal in developing the X Window System was to raise the floor in windowing systems for the entire market,[citation needed] and despite its early adoption primarily by commercial players with proprietary extensions, X ended up as a standard, open system. X is an important part of Linux to this day.

Scheifler holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Robert W. Scheifler and James Gettys: X Window System: Core and extension protocols: X version 11, releases 6 and 6.1, Digital Press, 1996. ISBN 1-55558-148-X.
  2. ^ Bill Venners, Jini Security: A Conversation with Bob Scheifler, Part I, Artima, July 8, 2002].

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