Twelve senior faculty members share their personal journeys and their recollections of the early days of computer science at Cornell University and the leadership role in bringing a new field of study into existence.

Birman, Ken

Cardie, Claire

Constable, Robert

Conway, Richard W.

Gries, David

Hartmanis, Juris

Hopcroft, John E

Kozen, Dexter

Nerode, Anil

Schneider, Fred B

Teitelbaum, Tim

Van Loan, Charlie

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