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Mathematics and computer science educator

Saul Gorn was an American pioneer in computer and information science who was a member of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.


Gorn, Saul was born on November 10, 1912 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George K. and Eva (Nizel) Gorn.


Bachelor in Mathematics cum laude, Columbia University, 1931. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1942. Diploma higher studies, University Bordeaux, France, 1932.


Instructor mathematics, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1938-1942; staff mathematician, Aircraft Radiation Laboratory, Wright Field, Ohio., 1946-1951; mathematics advisor, Ballistic Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland., 1951-1955; associate professor computer and information science, University of Pennsylvania Moore School Elec. Engineering, Phil.a, 1955-1963; professor, University of Pennsylvania Moore School Elec. Engineering, Phil.a, 1964-1983; professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania Moore School Elec.

Engineering, Phil.a, since 1983; director University Computing Center, University of Pennsylvania Moore School Elec. Engineering, Phil.a, 1957-1960; director Office Computer Research and Education, University of Pennsylvania Moore School Elec. Engineering, Phil.a, 1960-1961.

Member X3K5 commission on national and international standardization computer terminology American National Standards Institute, since 1972. United States Delaware subcommittee on programming languages International Standards Organisation, 1963, subcommittee on computer terminology, 1969. Consultant on computer science programs New Jersey Department Education, 1983.

Consultant Burroughs Corporation, 1956-1959, Philco Company, 1958-1959, Radio Corporation of America, 1960-1961, International Business Machines Corporation,1960-1966, Electricite de France, Paris, 1964, Sperry Rand, 1967-1968.


  • The concept of a Gorn address comes from a paper by him, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) presented him its Distinguished Service Award for 1974.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Lst lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member National Academy of Sciences, Association for Computing Machinery (council 1958-1962, editorial board 1962-1968, Distinguished Service award 1974), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (council 1960-1962), American Mathematics Society, International Federation for Information Processing, Franklin Institute (committee on science and arts since 1984), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


Married Frances Schlesinger, November 28, 1943.

George K. Gorn

Eva (Nizel) Gorn

Frances Schlesinger