Michael Dertouzos

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Michael Leonidas Dertouzos
Μιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος
Born November 5, 1936
Athens, Greece[1]
Died August 27, 2001[1]
Boston, USA[1]
Occupation Academic

Michael Leonidas Dertouzos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Λεωνίδας Δερτούζος) (November 5, 1936 - August 27, 2001) was a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) from 1974 to 2001.

During Dertouzos's term, LCS innovated in a variety of areas, including RSA encryption, the spreadsheet, the NuBus, the X Window System, and the Internet. Dertouzos was instrumental in defining the World Wide Web Consortium and bringing it to MIT. He was a firm supporter of the GNU Project, Richard Stallman, and the FSF, and their continued presence at MIT.

In 1968, he co-founded Computek, Inc., a manufacturer of graphics and intelligent terminals with Marvin C. Lewis and Dr. Huber Graham.

Dertouzos was a graduate of Athens College and attended the University of Arkansas on a Fulbright Scholarship. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1964 and joined the M.I.T. faculty. He was buried at the First Cemetery of Athens.[1]


We made a big mistake 300 years ago when we separated technology and humanism. ... It's time to put the two back together.

— Michael Dertouzos, Scientific American, July 1997


The potential of the modern information age seems overshadowed at every turn by the ancient forces that separate the rich from the poor.

— Michael Dertouzos, 1999



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 MIT colleagues attend Dertouzos funeral in Hellas(Greece) - MIT News Office
  2. Leutwyler, K. (1997) Profile: Michael L. Dertouzos – What Will Really Be, Scientific American 277(1), 28-29.

Further reading

  • K. Warwick "Scrubbing the future clean", Review of 'What will be' by Michael Dertouzos, New Scientist, p. 44, 9 August 1997.

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