Google honors alumnus Michael Dertouzos (′54)

On Monday, November 5th, Google’s doodle* honored the late Michael Dertzouzos, Athens College alumnus, on what would have been his 82nd birth anniversary.  Pioneer and IT visionary, Michael Dertouzos was born in Athens in 1936 and after completing his studies at Athens College (’54), he attended the University of Arkansas on a Fulbright Scholarship.  He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. and in 1968 joined its faculty. From 1974 to 2001 he was Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS).


He predicted the expansion of computer use very early and he was one of the pioneers in many areas of technology, including the Web.

In the 1960s Michael Dertouzos gifted the first computer to his beloved School, and today it adorns the attic of Benaki Hall.

*Google Doodles are special, temporary alterations of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorate holidays, events, achievements, celebrities and other notables.