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consultant , Computer science educator

Jack Elton Bresenham, American Computer science educator, consultant. Recipient Distinguished Citizen award National Alumni Association Wofford College, 1993. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior), Association for Computing Machinery (member special interest group on graphics), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Sigma Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.

Background

Bresenham, Jack Elton was born on October 11, 1937 in Clovis, New Mexico, United States. Son of Floyd Gordon and Mary Jane (Horne) Bresenham.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University New Mexico, 1959. Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering, Stanford University, 1964.

Career

Bresenham retired from 27 years of service at IBM as a Senior Technical Staff Member in 1987. He taught for 16 years at Winthrop University and has nine patents. He has three children: Janet, Linda, and David.

Bresenham's line algorithm, developed in 1962, is his most well-known innovation. It determines which points on a 2-dimensional raster should be plotted in order to form a straight line between two given points, and is commonly used to draw lines on a computer screen. It is one of the earliest algorithms discovered in the field of computer graphics.

The Midpoint circle algorithm shares some similarities to his line algorithm and is known as Bresenham's circle algorithm. Ph.D., Stanford University, 1964 MSIE, Stanford University, 1960 BSEE, University of New Mexico, 1959.

Achievements

  • Achievements include invention of line drawing algorithm. Patents in field.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Inventor Line drawing algorithm, 1962, Bi-directional circular arcs display, 1983, holder 9 patents.

Religion

In modern culture the ability to make decisions and choose our own path in life has extremely high value. But through the faith we voluntarily surrender to God in love and joy.

Politics

Some people think that involvement in political life is something Christians should avoid. But God is present everywhere, including political institutions.

Views

All Christians should study Old and New Testament, which texts were written and gathered together over a long period of time. It is important to find out as much as we can about the original contexts in which texts were produced.

Membership

Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior), Association for Computing Machinery (member special interest group on graphics), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Sigma Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: vegetable gardening, fishing, reading. E-mail: j.bresenham@computer.org.

Connections

Married Barbara June Hunt, June 1957 (deceased September 1963). Children: Janet Lyn, Craig Elton (deceased September 1963). Married Nancy Jo Bull, September 1966.

Children: Linda Jo, David Floyd.

father:
Floyd Gordon Bresenham

mother:
Mary Jane (Horne) Bresenham

spouses:
Barbara June Hunt

Nancy Jo Bull

children:
Janet Lyn Bresenham

Craig Elton Bresenham (deceased September 1963)

Linda Jo Bresenham

David Floyd Bresenham