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Norman Abramson

Norman Abramson, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor emeritus of electrical engineering and one of the founders of the pioneering ALOHAnet system, died December 1, 2020, at the age of 88.

Abramson came to UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering as a faculty member in 1966, and served as a professor of electrical engineering and professor and chair of the Information and Computer Sciences Department, until his retirement in 1996. Prior to joining UH, Abramson earned degrees from Harvard, UCLA and Stanford, and served a faculty member at Stanford and as a visiting professor at Harvard, UC Berkeley and MIT.

University of Hawai'i News 4 December 2020 article

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Manoj BS | 13 December 2020
I am saddened by the demise of Prof. Norman Abramson.

The medium access control protocol foundations laid by him influenced us immensely when we were students. We all grew up learning the protocols defined, studied, and deployed by him.

As a teacher, many times I recalled his contributions in my classes.

He will be remembered for a long time.

Pray his soul rest in peace.