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Bowdoin Professor Edits Landmark 2,600 Page Computer Science Text

Story posted February 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College Professor of Computer Science Allen B. Tucker Jr., of Brunswick, is the editor-in-chief for the 2,600-page Computer Science and Engineering Handbook recently published by CRC Press.

The text is considered to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date computer science and engineering text available today. Its 113 chapters, nine appendixes, and four indexes were pieced together by over 150 international experts who sent their contributions to Tucker for editorial review via the internet. Utilizing World Wide Web sites, glossaries of key terms, and sources for further information, the text provides a one-stop reference for everything within the computer science and engineering field.

Tucker joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1988. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he earned his M.S. and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. His academic interests include programming languages; natural language understanding; theory of computation; and computer science education. Tucker is the author of Programming Languages. He has also served as co-chair of a national joint task force assembled by the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) to examine changing computer science curriculum needs. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant to fund a redesign of the way undergraduate computer science is taught in the U.S. In March 1992, he received ACM's Outstanding Contributions Award in recognition of his "outstanding contributions over many years in the development of computer science curricula."

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