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Eiiti Wada

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Eiiti Wada
Born (1931-06-01) 1 June 1931 (age 93)
EducationUniversity of Tokyo, 1955
Known forALGOL N
Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) X 0208, 0212
Happy Hacking Keyboard
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Tokyo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Internet Initiative Japan
Academic advisorsTakahasi Hidetosi
Notable studentsTanaka

Eiiti Wada (和田英一, 1 June 1931)[1] is a computer scientist and emeritus professor at the University of Tokyo[2] and the Research Director of Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), a computer network technology company.[3] He is one of the creators of the Happy Hacking Keyboard.

He was involved with developing international standards in programming and informatics.[1]

In 1968, the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IFIP Working Group 2.1 on Algorithmic Languages and Calculi (WG2.1) solicited a new version of the programming language ALGOL to succeed ALGOL 60. Iwamura, Kakehi, Simauti, Wada, and Nobuo Yoneda were members of the design team of a Japanese candidate language named ALGOL N, but it was not chosen for what became ALGOL 68.[1]

In 1972, he became a member of IFIP WG2.1,[1][4] which specified, maintains, and supports ALGOL 60 and 68.[5]

He was a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and chairperson of its National Member Body of ISO/TC97, now JTC1/SC2. There, he contributed much, especially for character encoding set standards. Later, he helped create the related Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) X 0208, 0212.[1]

As of 2020, he works on computer graphics for the Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) Innovation Institute.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Japanese Computer Pioneers: Eiiti Wada". IPSI Computer Museum. Information Processing Society of Japan. 2003-08-29. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  2. ^ Wada, Eiiti (2014-01-08). "Dr. Eiiti Wada". WIDE Project. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  3. ^ a b Wada, Eiiti. "Eiiti WADA". IIJ Innovation Institute. Internet Initiative Japan. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  4. ^ Jeuring, Johan; Meertens, Lambert; Guttmann, Walter (2016-08-17). "Profile of IFIP Working Group 2.1". Foswiki. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  5. ^ Swierstra, Doaitse; Gibbons, Jeremy; Meertens, Lambert (2011-03-02). "ScopeEtc: IFIP21: Foswiki". Foswiki. Retrieved 2020-10-01.

External links[edit]

Official website