(via the University of Toronto website)
Kelly is widely regarded as the "father of computing in Canada" and, as stated in his 1996 Order of Canada investiture, "has been largely responsible for leading Canadians into the modern age of computing."
-part of the first team in Canada that assembled parts to design and construct digital computers and to provide computing services (1948)
-co-founded the original Computation Centre at the University of Toronto (1948)
-established the first university credit course on computing in Canada (1950)
-offered the first Canadian graduate courses in computing (1951)
-Initiated the world's first long distance use of an electronic computer using telegraph lines between the University of Saskatchewan and the FERUT computer at the University of Toronto (1955)
-founded the first graduate department of Computer Science in Canada, at the University of Toronto (1964)
Ongoing Commitment to Computer Science
Kelly is now in his 90th year and still actively involved in the field of computer science. Kelly continues to contribute to the field in a variety of roles and activities:
-Professor Emeritus in Computer Science and in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto
-Co-chair of the ACM's Awards Committee for the past 20 years (The ACM has 97,000 members and is now the largest scientific organization in the world, responsible for twenty major information technology awards, including the Turing Award [the computing equivalent of the Nobel Prize])
-Mileage for 2010 travel for Computer Science related business totals 15,322 km
Kelly was born on March 27, 1921 in Toronto. In addition to his many accomplishments in the field of computer science, Kelly has led a rich family life. Kelly was married for over 60 years to Phyllis, renowned poet and science fiction author. Phyllis wrote 18 science fiction and poetry books over her career and the premier award in science fiction was named after her first book "Sunburst." In 2006 the couple was featured in a Toronto Star Valentine's Day article describing their long and happy union and Phyllis's Valentine's Day ritual that entailed her writing a love poem for her husband each year.
Kelly and Phyllis have three children. Kelly is now a grandfather as well and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
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