Michael Dertouzos

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Michael Leonidas Dertouzos
Native nameΜιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος
Born(1936-11-05)November 5, 1936
Athens, Greece[1]
DiedAugust 27, 2001(2001-08-27) (aged 64)[1]
Boston, United States[1]

Michael Leonidas Dertouzos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος; November 5, 1936 – August 27, 2001) was a Greek professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) from 1974 to 2001.

He predicted the expansion of computer use very early, and along with MIT colleague, researcher Nicholas Negroponte, he was one of the pioneers in many areas of technology, including the Web.[citation needed]


During Dertouzos's term, LCS innovated in a variety of areas, including RSA encryption, the spreadsheet, the NuBus, the X Window System and the Internet. Dertouzos was instrumental in defining the World Wide Web Consortium and bringing it to MIT. He was a firm supporter of the GNU Project, Richard Stallman, and the FSF, and their continued presence at MIT.

In 1968, he co-founded Computek, Inc., a manufacturer of graphics and intelligent terminals, with Marvin C. Lewis and Dr. Huber Graham.

Dertouzos was a graduate of Athens College and attended the University of Arkansas on a Fulbright Scholarship. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1964 and joined the its faculty. He died on August 27 2001 at Massachusetts General Hospital at the age of 64. He is buried at the First Cemetery of Athens.[1]


On November 5, 2018, Google recognized him with a doodle.[2]


  • Dertouzos, The Unfinished Revolution: Human-Centered Computers and What They Can Do For Us, 2001, ISBN 0-06-662067-8.
  • Dertouzos, What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives, 1997, ISBN 0-06-251479-2.
  • "Communications, Computers and Networks", in Scientific American Special Issue on Communications, Computers, and Networks, September, 1991
  • (co-author), Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge, 1989, ISBN 0-262-04100-6.


  1. ^ a b c d "MIT colleagues attend Dertouzos funeral in Greece". MIT News. September 5, 2001. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Michael Dertouzos' 82nd Birthday". google.com. Retrieved 2018-11-05.

Further reading[edit]

  • K. Warwick "Scrubbing the future clean", Review of 'What will be' by Michael Dertouzos, New Scientist, p. 44, 9 August 1997.

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