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Chats with Kelly Gotlieb, "the" Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing - Kelly talks about his classified work

Kelly GotliebThis week, Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P. continues his exclusive interviews with computing pioneer, Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb, C.M., M.A., PhD. (University of Toronto), D. Math. (Hon., University of Waterloo), D. Eng. (Hon., Technical University of Nova Scotia), Fellow CIPS (FCIPS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the British Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Kelly Gotlieb is currently Professor Emeritus in Computer Science and in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto (UT). He is a computing pioneer, whose innovations and accomplishments helped lay the foundation of an entire worldwide industry, educational stream, and profession. His contributions are so profound and their impact so diverse and in so many areas that the lasting value cannot be comprehended. Have a look at this blog to find out more:

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Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic

:00:41: Stephen talks to Kelly about his contributions during the World War II. Kelly talks about his involvement, as a third year undergraduate student, teaching newly enlisted airmen, who were about to take a very secret radar course, about electricity and magnetism.

:03:02: Kelly talks about his involvement, after getting his undergraduate degree, in a very secret project called the Proximity Fuse project .

:12:10: Kelly talks about his work with the British Navy during the war. He shares some interesting stories about his 1943 trip to England on a Liberator bomber.

:16:48: Kelly continues with stories about his work with the British Navy including where he was in charge of doing tests on the oscillators that he had helped design and on which he had worked.

:20:07: Kelly shares several stories about his return trip to Canada in 1944 on the Isle de France ocean liner.

:27:21:  Kelly comments on the checks involved when doing classified research.

:28:22: Some of the classified projects on which Kelly worked are still classified today. He shares some stories on classification and projects.

:33:16: Kelly comments on classified projects after the war which included his PhD (based upon classified research) and which to this day is still classified.