Tom Van Vleck

Tom Van Vleck is an American computer software engineer.

Life and work

He worked on CTSS at MIT, and co-authored its first email program.[1] In 1965, he joined Project Mac, which is the origin of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. [2] He worked for development of Multics for more than 16 years at MIT and Honeywell Information Systems. [3] Since 2007, most of the Multics source code and documentation is provided as free software by IS&T at MIT.[4][5]

He is also known as a computer security expert.[6]


  1. A History of Electronic Mail, by Tom Van Vleck
  2. A Marriage of Convenience: THE FOUNDING OF THE MIT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LABORATORY, Chiou, Stefanie; et al. (2001)
  3. and the History of Operating Systems; Haigh, Thomas; Iterations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Software History 1 (September 13, 2002); pp. 1-9
  4. Multics Internet Server, Information Services and Technology for MIT
  5. Multics, Information Services and Technology for MIT
  6. Tom Van Vleck oral history interview, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota.



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