A prodigy, L Peter Deutsch started programming in the late '50s, at age 11, when his father brought home a memo about the programming of design calculations for the Cambridge Electron Accelerator at Harvard. He was soon hanging out at MIT, implementing Lisp on a PDP-1, and hacking on and improving code written by MIT hackers nearly twice his age.
As a sophomore at UC Berkeley, he got involved with Project Genie, one of the first minicomputer-based timesharing systems, writing most of the operating system's kernel. (Ken Thompson, inventor of Unix and the subject of Chapter 12, would also work on the project while a grad student ...
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