Tom Van Vleck

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Tom Van Vleck is an American computer software engineer.

Life and work[edit]

He 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, which is the origin of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. [4] He worked for development of Multics for more than 16 years at MIT and Honeywell Information Systems. [5] Since 2007, most of the Multics source code and documentation is provided as free software by IS&T at MIT.[6][7]

He is also known as a computer security expert.[8]


  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. ^ and the History of Operating Systems; Haigh, Thomas; Iterations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Software History 1 (September 13, 2002); pp. 1-9
  6. ^ Multics Internet Server, Information Services and Technology for MIT
  7. ^ Multics, Information Services and Technology for MIT
  8. ^ Tom Van Vleck oral history interview, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota.