Men of Cloth in Software Engineering (or Hardware)
Have I just not had enough exposure or is there truly a lack of Men of Cloth in IT?
Bayesian Spam Filtering is based in Bayes' Theorem. Thomas Bayes was a Reverend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayes'_theorem
I am speaking of recent times. Where really hard core and far reaching development took place in IT. Say from 1950 onwards.
Has there been much of any research done by Men of Cloth since the 1950s?
I've heard of some monks and sisters in parts here and there putting up websites to sell their monastary made wine and stuff like that, but yeah, the only thing that really connects is that a lot of cryptography research at the NSA is done by a cabal of Jesuits.
Along that line, we programmers do have a patron saint:
Bill, that is so neat! (I'm honestly amazed :)
One of the significant digitization/information architecture vendors used by libraries and similar institutions is <a href="http://www.electronicscriptorium.com/">The Electronic Scriptorium</a>, which is run by monks.
That Scriptorium has a pretty good client list. And they stick to what they know best! Document management.
Looks like I'm taking April 4th off from now on...
Do Rabbis count ?
Does being an Ordained Minister in the Universal Life Church count?
My dad's a minister. He wrote books about the C64, ZX Spectrum and Amiga, and appeared on the front of the first ever Dragon User.
Good to see that the keepers of the fire are still on the ball. As I noted, I just did not look hard enough.
"to embrace technological advances and logical thinking"
Not This Time
>I ask because for centuries, across nations and >cultures, they have been the prime, and often times >the pioneering group, to embrace technological >advances and logical thinking. To the point of >distraction, sometimes.
Yes, I have. But, I believe that the rule has always been a religiously inclined man to be more technically inclined than others.
Giordano Bruno was not a scientist. He was, however, a Dominican priest. He was executed for unspecified heresy, not for any scientific theories or discoveries.
There was, in the early days of PC clones, a monk in Los Angeles who designed motherboards and was well regarded. His order allowed him to keep $20K a year for himself. That would be like about $30K today.
just an employee
Does Thomas Bushnell (http://www.mit.edu/~tb/, formerly of the Hurd team) count? :)
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