Robert M. Fano Celebration of Life Service


Date: Friday, November 04, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 4:30 PM

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Location: 32-123 and R&D Commons

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Host: Anantha Chandrakasan & Daniela Rus, MIT - EECS & CSAIL

Contact: Victoria Palay, 617-253-8924,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Robert M. Fano Celebration of Life Service 11/4/16 3:00PM

The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are honored to invite your participation in a memorial celebrating the life of Robert (Bob) Fano. The program will begin on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the MIT Stata Center’s Kirsch Auditorium (32-123) at 3:00 PM, immediately followed by a reception in the R&D Commons (32-G401).

Bob, throughout his four decades on the Institute faculty, was the consistent impetus for MIT’s global leadership in the emergence of the information society, ranging from the pre-computer dawn in the 1940s though the genesis of the Internet age in the 1970s and 80s. He led the Radar Techniques group at Lincoln Laboratories. He established and led MIT’s Information Theory Group. He proposed and directed the creation of time-shared computing through MIT Project MAC. He oversaw the establishment of Computer Science as an academic discipline, serving as MIT’s first Associate Department Head for Computer Science and Engineering, effecting the evolution of the Department of Electrical Engineering to become the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As Project MAC director in the 1960s, he was among the first to appreciate that a shared computing resource could serve as a framework for new kind of society, and his writings on privacy and other social challenges remain perceptive and relevant half a century later.

For those unable to attend in person, please join us via live webcast (

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Created by Victoria Palay Email at Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:44 AM.