Prof. Alfred Bork (September 18, 1926 - December 18, 2007)

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(Prof. Alfred Bork falece em 18 de dezembro de 2007)
quinta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2008

Alfred Bork, Professor Emeritus of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine, died on December 18, 2007.

Alfred’s career with UCI began on October 1, 1968 with joint appointments in ICS and Physics.

Passionate about the use of computers in education, Alfred contributed to the early development of educational programs in both academic disciplines before transferring his appointment to ICS in 1983.

After his retirement in July 1994, he continued to be active on campus and involved with the Educational Technology Center for which he is best known.

As Founder and Director of the Educational Technology Center, Alfred researched and developed technology-based learning materials.

The Educational Technology Center has many visitors each year, and hundreds of requests for information about interactive adaptive tutorial technology. Alfred was actively involved in over 60 of the student-computer dialogs developed by the Center.

Born on September 18, 1926 in Jacksonville, FL. Alfred was an outdoor enthusiast, he loved classical music and was an avid gardener, cultivating 29 varieties of lilies in his rock garden in Alaska.

He adored his two devoted longhaired dachshunds.

His was a wonderfully unique sense of humor.

Having obtained his ScB and commission in the U.S. Navy at Georgia Tech, Alfred earned his graduate degrees in Physics at Brown University.

Prior to his tenure at UC Irvine, he was a Scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced studies, and faculty at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Reed College and Harvard University.

Among his many international collaborations, Alfred was a consultant to United Kingdom National Development Programme in Computer Aided Learning, a member of the National Institute of Education delegation to the People"s Republic of China, co-director and keynote speaker at the NATO Advanced Study Institutes on Computers in Science Education, at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and at the San Miniato Conference Center in Italy.

Alfred also served as visiting professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and ran workshops in many places including China, Japan, Taiwan and for the Colombo Staff College in India and the Philippines.

Well known for his teaching prowess, Alfred was the Millikan Award Lecturer for the American Association of Physics Teachers, Outstanding Computer Educator Award winner from AEDS, and an ADCIS Fellow.

Bork served four years as chair of the Special Interest Group on Computer Uses in Education of the Association for Computing Machinery.

He was also a National Science Foundation Chautaugua Lecturer for five years.

Bork is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Annette Bork of Irvine, and their three daughters, Ellen, Brenda and Carol.

Donations in Alfred Bork’s memory may be made to a worthy cause of your choice.