R.I.P. George A. Michael, Father of Supercomputing, 16 February 1926 — 5 June 2008

I first met George Michael at a conference, and on several occasions we had interesting discussions about various computers including the DEC PDP-1. He had been in poor health for several years, and passed away last Thursday. Some of his computing stories may be found at Stories of the Development of Large Scale Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Here’s his obituary from insidebayarea.com:

George Anthony Michael

Feb 16, 1926 ~ June 5, 2008 In Loving Memory George Michael, a resident of Livermore, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, June 5, 2008. George was born in Buffalo, NY on February 16, 1926. He moved to Livermore in 1953 from San Francisco to be closer to his job at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab where he held the position of a Physicist for 39 years. Mr. Michael was world renowned for his contributions to the Salishan Conference and the SuperComputing Conference. He was known as the Father of Super Computing. He was a mentor to many young students, who went on to become leaders in their respective fields. Mr. Michael’s passions in life were his family and the world of super computing. He was also a lifetime member of the N.R.A. and the Livermore Rod & Gun Club. Mr. Michael was preceded in death by his loving wife Hayde who passed away on December 26, 1986. He is survived by his 8 children: Karen (Dennis Golcher) Tootle of Livermore, Phyllis (Dr. Les) Wong of Michigan, Christine (Ron) Scrivani of Oakland, Patrick Michael of Twain Harte, Michael (Michele) Michael of Livermore, Theresa (Mike) Guerrero of Walnut Creek, Martha (Ray) Gates of Sacramento, Captain Sarah (Ret. Lt. Col. Todd) Standard of Maryland. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Mr. Michael’s dedication, passion and leadership will be greatly missed by all. Visitation is from 5-7p.m. on June 12, Vigil service to follow at 7 p.m. at Callaghan’s Chapel 3833 East Ave, Livermore. Mass at St. Michael on June 13 at 11 a.m, 458 Maple St. Livermore. Private inurnment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the ACM/IEEE Computer Society High Performance Computing (HPC) Ph.D. Fellowship Program fund may be sent to: ACM Attn: Stephen Sisler/HPC Fellowship 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701 New York, NY 10121-0701. Checks should be made payable to ACM.

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