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Tom Van Vleck

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Tom Van Vleck is an American computer software engineer.

Life and work[edit]

Van Vleck graduated from MIT in 1965 with a BS in Mathematics. He worked on CTSS at MIT, and co-authored its first email program with Noel Morris.[1][2][3] In 1965, he joined Project MAC, the predecessor of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.[4] He worked on the development of Multics for more than 16 years at MIT and at Honeywell Information Systems.[5] He has also worked at Tandem Computers, Taligent, CyberCash, Sun Microsystems, Encirq (an internet advertising company), and SPARTA (a computer security company).[6]

He is also known as a computer security expert.[7]


  1. ^ A History of Electronic Mail, by Tom Van Vleck
  2. ^ Vleck, T. Van (2011). "Electronic Mail and Text Messaging in CTSS, 1965-1973". IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 34 (1): 4–6. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2012.6. ISSN 1058-6180.
  3. ^ Morris, Errol (19 June 2011). "Did My Brother Invent E-Mail With Tom Van Vleck? (Part One)". Opinionator. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ A Marriage of Convenience: THE FOUNDING OF THE MIT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LABORATORY, Chiou, Stefanie; et al. (2001)
  5. ^ Haigh, Thomas (13 September 2002). "Multicians.org and the History of Operating Systems" (PDF). Iterations. 1: 1–9. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Van Vleck, Tom (30 August 2022). "Tom Van Vleck". Multicians.org.
  7. ^ Tom Van Vleck oral history interview, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota.