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David Jerome Kuck, American computer system researcher, administrator. Recipient Alumni Merit award Northwestern University, 1989, Eckert-Mauchly award Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)-Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1993.


Kuck, David Jerome was born on October 3, 1937 in Muskegon, Michigan, United States. Son of Oscar Ferdinand and Alyce (Brems) Kuck.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1959; Master of Science, Northwestern University, 1960; Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1963.


Assistant professor electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1963-1965; assistant professor computer science, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1965-1968; associate professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1968-1972; professor computer science, electrical and computer engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1972-1993; director Center for Supercomputing R & D, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1984-1992; professor emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana, since 1993. Chairman Kuck and Associations, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, since 1979. Consultant Alliant Computer Systems, Littleton, Massachusetts, 1982-1987, Burroughs Corporation, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 1972-1980.

Member of advisory board Sequent Computer Systems, Portland, Oregon,1985-1993. Member computer science and technical board National Research Council, Washington, 1986-1990.


  • Kuck is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has won the Eckert-Mauchly Award from ACM/IEEE and the Charles Babbage Outstanding Scientist Award.

    Kuck is a major contributor in creating OpenMP, a cross-platform, directive-based parallel programming approach which is especially friendly in multi-core environment. In 2010 Kuck was selected to receive the Ken Kennedy Award, given by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society for Innovations in High-Performance Computing.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (editor Transactions on Computers 1973-1975, Emanuel R. Piore award 1987, Outstanding Paper award International Conference Parallel Processing 1986), Association Computing Machinery (editor journal. 1980-1983); member National Academy of Engineering.


Married Sharon McCure, July 16, 1977. Children: Julianne, Jonathan, Ryan.

Oscar Ferdinand Kuck

Alyce (Brems) Kuck

Sharon McCure

Ryan Kuck

Julianne Kuck

Jonathan Kuck