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 for Stephen Cole Kleene
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Stephen Kleene
  Kleene, Stephen Cole
  Stephen Cole Kleene
  
      Professor Stephen Cole Kleene (1909-01-05 -
     1994-01-26) /steev'n (kohl) klay'nee/ An American
     mathematician whose work at the University of
     Wisconsin-Madison helped lay the foundations for modern
     computer science.  Kleene was best known for founding the
     branch of mathematical logic known as recursion theory and
     for inventing regular expressions.  The Kleene star and
     Ascending Kleene Chain are named after him.
  
     Kleene was born in Hartford, Conneticut, USA.  He received his
     Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in 1930.  From
     1930 to 1935, he was a graduate student and research assistant
     at Princeton University where he received his doctorate in
     mathematics in 1934.  In 1935, he joined UW-Madison
     mathematics department as an instructor.  He became an
     assistant professor in 1937.
  
     From 1939 to 1940, he was a visiting scholar at Princeton's
     Institute for Advanced Study where he laid the foundation
     for recursive function theory, an area that would be his
     lifelong research interest.  In 1941 he returned to Amherst as
     an associate professor of mathematics.
  
     During World War II Kleene was a lieutenant commander in the
     United States Navy.  He was an instructor of navigation at the
     U.S. Naval Reserve's Midshipmen's School in New York, and then
     a project director at the Naval Research Laboratory in
     Washington, D.C.
  
     In 1946, he returned to Wisconsin, eventually becoming a full
     professor.  He was chair of mathematics, and computer sciences
     in 1962 and 1963 and dean of the College of Letters and
     Science from 1969 to 1974.  In 1964 he was named the Cyrus
     C. MacDuffee professor of mathematics.
  
     An avid mountain climber, Kleene had a strong interest in
     nature and the environment and was active in many conservation
     causes.  He led several professional organisations, serving as
     president of the Association of Symbolic Logic from 1956 to
     1958.  In 1961, he served as president of the International
     Union of the History and the Philosophy of Science.
  
     Kleene pronounced his last name /klay'nee/.  /klee'nee/ and
     /kleen/ are extremely common mispronunciations.  His first
     name is /steev'n/, not /stef'n/.  His son, Ken Kleene
     , wrote: "As far as I am aware this
     pronunciation is incorrect in all known languages.  I believe
     that this novel pronunciation was invented by my father."
  
     (gopher://gopher.adp.wisc.edu/00/.data/.news-rel/.9401/.940126a).
  
     (1999-03-03)
  

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