John Klineberg was a very strong student at Scarsdale High School, and his classmates recognized his academic success by voting him “Best Looking.” Four years at Princeton, where he majored in engineering, followed. Klineberg earned a masters degree and, in 1968, a doctorate in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology. The title of his dissertation was, “The theory of laminar viscous-inviscid interactions in supersonic flow.”Read more
Scientist, Engineer, Computer Scholar
Under Ivan Sutherland’s name in the 1955 Bandersnatch are the following:
“Univac . . .The answer man . . Scientifically yours…” Sutherland was also the President of the Science Club in both his junior and senior years. While still in high school he took on a challenge involving SIMON, a relay-based computer with six words of two bit memory. Before Sutherland, SIMON could only add. After Sutherland, SIMON could divide. At the time, few high school students had written a computer program. Sutherland produced eight pages of paper tape to “teach” SIMON to divide.
Not everyone gets an asteroid named in his honor (99905 Jeffgrossman). But then again not everyone is on a career path in which each stage is success followed by a new stage with even greater successes. Perhaps the explanation lies in his family. Grossman’s parents, Eddie and Selma, were brilliant teachers. His love of learning may have been born in his home on Black Birch Late. His sister reports that as a boy he memorized the northern hemisphere of stars in the sky by putting them on a series of index cards.Read more