THE LATE HARLAN D. MILLS was widely recognized for his contribution
as a mathematician concerned with bringing more rigor into systems and software
development. Among his many awards were the DPMA Distinguished Information Science
Award in 1985 and the J.-D. Warnier Prize in 1987. At the time of his death in
1996, he was the Director the Information Systems Institute in Vero Beach, Florida.
He had previously worked at IBM from 1964 to 1987. He was an IBM Fellow for fifteen
years, Director of Software Engineering and Technology for the Federal Systems
Division, and a member of the IBM Corporate Technical Committee. At IBM, he received
the Outstanding Contribution Award and was the principal architect for the curriculum
of the IBM Software Engineering Institute, an internal educational facility with
a worldwide faculty of more than fifty members.
Harlan Mills taught at the
University of Maryland, Iowa State, Princeton, John Hopkins, and New York universities.
From 1954 to 1957, he was on the staff of Management Consulting Services of General
Electric, and in 1958 founded the company Mathematica, later acquired by Martin
Marietta. He received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Iowa State University.
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