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genealogist , Computer scientist

John Wesley Hamblen, American computer scientist, genealogist. Purdue Research Foundation fellow, 1954-1955; National Science Foundation grantee, 1966-1981; recipient Distinguished Service award National Educational Computing Conference, 1988; decorated Order of Golden Shillelagh, SIGCSE award for outstanding contributions to computer science education, 1990.


Hamblen, John Wesley was born on September 25, 1924 in Story, Indiana, United States. Son of James William and Mary Etta (Morrison) Hamblen.


Bachelor, Indiana University, 1947. Master of Science, Purdue University, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy, 1955.


Teacher math and science, Kingsbury (Indiana) High School, 1946-1948;Teacher math and science, Bluffton (Indiana) High School, 1948-1951;assistant professor mathematics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1955-1957;consultant in statistical methods for research staff, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1955-1956;associate professor mathematics, Agricultural Experiment Station, 1957-1958;director, Computing Center, 1957-1958;associate professor statistics, director, Computing Center, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1958-1961;professor math and technology, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1961-1965;director, Data Processing and Computing Center, 1961-1965;project director computer science, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, 1965-1972;professor, U. Missouri, Rolla, 1972-1987;professor emeritus, U. Missouri, Rolla, since 1987;department chairman computer science, U. Missouri, Rolla, 1972-1981;associate program director, National Science Foundation, 1985-1986. Member technical advising committee Creative Application of Technology to Education, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., 1966-1968. Member technical advisory panel Western Interstate Common for Higher Education, 1969-1970.

Visiting scientist Center for Applied Mathematics National Bureau Standards, 1981-1983. Program chairman World Conference Computers in Education, 1985, member program committee for 1990. Consultant Federal Trade Commission, 1978-1980, National Science Foundation, 1975-1976, National bureau of Standards, 1986-1988.

Compiler federal land entries Brown County, Indiana, 1994, Composite Index for Brown County, Indiana Family Studies, 1998.


  • Other Work

    • Editor, public The Hamblen Connector, 1989-1998. Public The Hamblen and Allied Families, 2d. Edition, 1985.

      Editor: Educational Data Processing Newsletter, 1964-1965, Bartholomew County Family Histories Book, 1999. Associate editor: Journal Educational Data Processing, 1965-1967. Editor: Journal Association Educational Data Systems, 1967-1968.

      Associate editor, 1968-1987. Member editorial board Journal Computer Science Education, 1987-1997. Computing editor T.H.E. Journal, 1980-1988.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Brown County (Indiana) historian, 1992-1994. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Association Computing Machinery (secretary 1972-1976, chairman curriculum committee computer science 1976-1980, general chairman 1981 Computer Sciences Conference 1979-1981, co-chairman 1987, chairman Distinguished Svc.

Award committee 1980-1981), Association Ednl. Data Sys. (chairman convention advising committee 1977-1980, president 1968-1969, secretary 1976-1977, director 1965-1970, 76-79, Aid to AEDS award 1971), American Federation Information Processing Socs. (director 1981-1986, chairman education committee 1971-1972, 79-84,education award 1985), National Genealogical Society, Maryland.

Genealogical Society (life), Brown County History Society (life, 1st vice president 1990-1991, treasurer 1992-1995), Brown County Genealogical Society (life, vice president 1992, president 1993-1994), Bartholomew CountyGeneal. Society (founder, life, president 1990-1992, treasurer 1997-1999, chair family history book committee 1993-1999), Indiana Genealogical Society (S.E. district director 1991-1994, Distinguished County Geneol. Superior vena cava syndrome award 1996), Jackson County Genealogical Society (life), Hamilton Township Alumni Association (Vice-President 1993-1994, president 1994-1996), Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon, Theta Chi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma.


Married Brenda F. Harrod, March 1, 1947 (divorced 1979). 1 son, James; married Marianne Muhlbauer, August 7, 1987.

James William Hamblen

Mary Etta (Morrison) Hamblen

Brenda F. Harrod

Marianne Muhlbauer