Luther College Moment in History #52

"With the computer revolution coming into full swing by the early 1970s, it is not surprising that attention was paid to integrating computer science into the curriculum. In this instance, the mathematics and physics departments contributed staff and planning, as they did also for the development of the Computer Center. Edward Thorland, an honor graduate of the class of 1964 with a doctorate in theoretical physics, established in 1973 one of the first multipurpose time-sharing computer systems on a small-college campus. He also became the architect of Luther's academic program in computer science. The 1972-1974 catalog did not list computer science in its index, but the 1975-1976 catalog described a full major. Purposely designed to fit easily into the context of a liberal arts curriculum, the major has proven adaptable for students with major concentrations in other disciplines. Thus, a large number of computer science students graduate with double majors."

[Stability and Change: Luther College in its Second Century, Leigh D. Jordahl and Harris E. Kaasa, 1986, page 104]
Photo taken January 1983.

Moment 52