The Bernard A. Galler Fellowship Fund

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To honor the memory of Professor Bernard A. Galler, The Bernard A. Galler Fellowship Fund has been established to attract and support outstanding graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in computer science. Students are selected on the basis of merit.

 

   Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)

   B.S., Math, U. Chicago, 1947
   B.S., M.S., Math, UCLA, 1949
   PhD, Math, U. Chicago, 1955

 

As a pioneer in the field of computer science, Professor Galler helped shape the discipline at the University of Michigan. Professor Galler joined the Michigan faculty in 1955 and remained at the University until he retired. He was instrumental in developing the computer science department, as well as the Computing Center. For over forty years, he inspired and mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of computer science.

In the early 1960s, Prof. Galler was active in the development of the new Communication Sciences Program, and in 1966, he became associate director of the Computing Center. His association with the Computing Center continued through 1991, during a period of tremendous growth and change in the areas of computer science and computing services. He became a charter member of the new Department of Computer and Communication Sciences (CCS) in 1966, and served as chair of the department from 1973-75.

The CCS Department was one of the first of its kind in the country, and Professor Galler was influential in the development of the software and mathematics curricula for computer science. He participated in significant computing developments at U-M, including development of the Michigan Algorithm Decoder (MAD) that was used for several years by the University of Michigan and other universities, and Computer Registration Involving Student Participation (CRISP), which allowed students to register for courses without waiting in long lines. Students registered with CRISP for more than fifteen years.

Professor Galler served as an officer of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from its earliest days, including the presidency from 1968-70. In 1980, the ACM awarded him its Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the field. He was a natural historian, and ensured the history of computer science was recorded and remembered by founding the Annals of the History of Computing in 1979.

Prof. Galler retired from the University of Michigan in 1994. His personal papers are housed in the U-M Bentley Historical Library.

 

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