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We're holding a memorial to Sandy Fraser in February 2023

We're holding a memorial in February for Dr Alexander Fraser, a computer science pioneer whose work was fundamental to the development of the internet we use today. This special event will remember and celebrate his legacy.

Known to many simply as 'Sandy', he died in June 2022. He is an alumnus of this Department, having come to the University of Cambridge as Assistant Director of Research and completing his PhD in Computing Science here in 1969.

He then moved on to AT&T Bell Labs and is perhaps best known as a pioneer of Virtual Circuit technologies – the kind of networks that would later be known as ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) – in which field he won many awards.

This memorial event will take place on Wednesday 15 February here in Lecture Theatre 2.

Starting at 16:00, there will be a series of short talks from friends and former colleagues of Sandy, followed by refreshments. Those who can't be with us in-person can join via Zoom:  

The event will be chaired by Anil Madhavapeddy and is currently scheduled to run as follows:

  • Introduction (Quentin Stafford-Fraser)
  • Who was Sandy Fraser, and his early years in the Computer Lab (David Hartley)
  • Sandy's time at Bell Labs (Andy Hopper and Srinivasan Keshav)
  • Sandy's time at AT&T Research (Alastair Beresford, Glenford Mapp)
  • Establishing Fraser Research in Princeton (David Scott, Anil Madhavapeddy)
  • Sandy's influence on networking (Jon Crowcroft)
  • Closing words (Elisabeth Fraser)
  • Refreshments and conversation (here in the Department, and later at the Castle Inn) 

If you would like to attend, either in-person or online, please register here.

Published by Rachel Gardner on Friday 20th January 2023