Michael Dertouzos

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Michael Leonidas Dertouzos
Μιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος
Born November 5, 1936
Athens, Greece[1]
Died August 27, 2001[1]
Boston, USA[1]
Occupation Academic

Michael Leonidas Dertouzos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος) (November 5, 1936 - August 27, 2001) was a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) from 1974 to 2001.

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 M.I.T. in 1964 and joined the M.I.T. faculty. He was buried at the First Cemetery of Athens.[1]


We made a big mistake 300 years ago when we separated technology and humanism. ... It's time to put the two back together.

—Michael Dertouzos, Scientific American, July 1997


The potential of the modern information age seems overshadowed at every turn by the ancient forces that separate the rich from the poor.

—Michael Dertouzos, 1999



  1. ^ a b c d MIT colleagues attend Dertouzos funeral in Hellas(Greece) - MIT News Office
  2. ^ Leutwyler, K. (1997) Profile: Michael L. Dertouzos – What Will Really Be, Scientific American 277(1), 28-29.

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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