[Ads-l] Earliest Clearcut Use of Computer "Hacker"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 27 08:01:25 UTC 2016

I looked up the author of that MIT thesis, Rory Jack Thompson, with
the intention of dropping him a note about the antedating, but that
clearly won't be necessary:


From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf
of Hugo <hugovk at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2016 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: Earliest Clearcut Use of Computer "Hacker"

Here's an earlier example of a hacker, one who hacks with computers,
in an MIT meteorology thesis. Also uses the specific word-combination
"computer hackers".

1968 September, Thompson, Rory Jack, "Acknowledgments", in
Instabilities of some time-dependent flows[1], Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, page 107:

The Electrical Engineering Department, J. McKenzie in particular, for
allowing me to use the PDP-1 computer to do the extensive
computations, draw graphs, and even type this thesis. In this
connection Charles Landau did some of the programming, Luella Thompson
did most of the typing, and W. B. Ackermann helped when the machine
would not cooperate. Many other computer hackers also willingly
offered advice.

[1] http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/58224

Also added to https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hacker#Noun


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