Jim Ellis (computing)

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James Tice Ellis (May 6, 1956[citation needed] – June 28, 2001) was an American computer scientist best known as the co-creator of Usenet, along with Tom Truscott.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Ellis grew up in Orlando, Florida. Before developing Usenet, Ellis attended Duke University. He later worked as an Internet security consultant for Sun Microsystems. He was also Manager of Technical Development at CERT. He came up with the word Usenet.

Ellis and Truscott were awarded the 1995 Usenix Life Time Achievement Award.

Personal life and death[edit]

Ellis and his wife, Carolyn, had two children.

He died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma,[1] a form of blood cancer, at his home in Harmony, Pennsylvania on June 28, 2001. He was 45.[2]


  1. ^ "Usenet Pioneer Jim Ellis Dies". Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Jim Ellis / He helped pave the Information Highway". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

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