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Cocke, John

Born: 1925 AD
Died: 2002 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Engineers

1925 – John Cocke, born on the 30th of May in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. was an American computer scientist recognised for his large contribution to computer architecture and optimizing compiler design. He is considered by many to be "the father of RISC architecture."

1946 – He attended Duke University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

1953 – Attended his Ph.D. in Mathematics.

1956 – 1992 – He spent his entire career as an industrial researcher for IBM.

1956 – Worked at International Business Machines’ Thomas J Watson Research Center.

1974 – 1975 – He invented RISC, the Reduced Instruction-Set Computer. RISC technology enabled telephone-switching networks to handle 12 million instructions per second. His major research contributions were in systems architecture, hardware design, and program optimization.

1987 – Won the ACM Turing Award.

1991 – He won the National Medal of Technology.

1994 – Won the National Medal of Science.

2002 – Died on the 16th of July at the age of 77 years old.