Bob Scheifler

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Robert William Scheifler
Born (1954-06-24) June 24, 1954 (age 66)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forX Window System, Jini
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science

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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