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Encyclopedia > Jay Wright Forrester

Jay Wright Forrester (born 14 July 1918 Climax, Nebraska) is an American pioneer of computer engineering. He headed the Whirlwind project at the beginning of the 1950s the "Multi-coordinate digitally information storage device", the forerunner today's RAM. He created the first animation in the history of computer graphics, a "jumping ball" on an oscilloscope.

Forrester is considered one of the inventors of system dynamics, which deals with the simulation of interactions between objects in dynamic systems. He has written several books and papers on system principles and dynamics. He is currently Germeshausen Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

He wrote a book "World Dynamics" on modeling the world economy, population and ecology. The paper "A Dynamic World Model" by D. H. Brownlee (in American Society for Engineering Education Transactions on Computers in Education 1973 Vol. 5) implements this model on an analogue computer. It concludes that the only hope for mankind is massive depopulation resulting from a nuclear war!

External links

  • Selection of his papers in pdf (http://sysdyn.clexchange.org/people/jay-forrester.html)
  • Article: Designing the Future in pdf (http://sysdyn.clexchange.org/sdep/papers/Designjf.pdf)

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Jay Wright Forrester - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (331 words)
Jay Wright Forrester (born 14 July 1918) is an American pioneer of computer engineering.
Born in Climax, a small town near Anselmo, Nebraska, Forrester is the founder of System Dynamics, which deals with the simulation of interactions between objects in dynamic systems.
Forrester has made numerous other contributions to the field of System Dynamics and continues today promoting System Dynamics in education.
BookRags: Jay W. Forrester Biography (1877 words)
Jay Wright Forrester was born in Nebraska on July 14, 1918, and raised on a cattle ranch belonging to his parents, Marmaduke M. and Ethel Pearl (Wright) Forrester.
In 1954, Forrester's achievements were recognized by his home state alma mater, the University of Nebraska, with the awarding of an honorary Ph.D. Forrester left the SAGE program in 1956.
Forrester's work was recognized globally, as indicated by his being given an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Manheim, Germany, in 1979.
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