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Life[edit] Foster was born in Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, between 1920 enactment and 1921 implementation of the partition of Ireland. He studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and began advanced study in mathematics at Queen's University Belfast. During World War II, he was recruited from Queen's by MI6 to work as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park. After the war he resumed studies at Magdalen College, Oxford. A lecture on feedback control by Norbert Wiener, regarded as the originator of cybernetics, proved to be a great influence on Foster's research. Upon completing his PhD at Magdalen, he accepted an offer to lecture on his research at the University of Manchester, where he met Alan Turing, a Bletchley Park veteran who became known as the father of computer science. Turing introduced him to the Manchester Mark I computer and enlisted his help working on it. In 1952 Foster joined the faculty of the London School of Economics (LSE), first as an assistant lecturer in statistics, then lecturer and reader. In 1964, he was appointed to the chair of computational methods. While at LSE he helped develop operations research as an academic discipline. Foster became professor of statistics at Trinity College Dublin in 1967. There he flourished, promoting statistical analysis and computer applications in several constituent schools and academic departments. He also developed his own department, with a strong postgraduate as well as undergraduate program, and set up the statistics and operations research laboratory, known for outreach to industry and public services. Eventually he was Dean of Engineering and System Sciences.[1] Foster died in Dublin, 20 December 2010.[1]

See also[edit] Computing portal Library and information science portal Ireland portal

References[edit] ^ a b c d "Pioneering Figure in the Worlds of Informatics and Computing". The Irish Times. 26 February 2011.

External links[edit] Gordon Foster at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 91472199 LCCN: n83012557 ISNI: 0000 0000 6735 9932 GND: 171264770 MGP: 42528 NLA: 35095719 Retrieved from "" Categories: 1921 births2010 deathsIrish mathematiciansIrish cryptographersCyberneticistsProbability theoristsSystems scientistsPeople associated with Bletchley Park20th-century Irish mathematicians21st-century Irish mathematiciansHidden categories: Articles with hCardsWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with NLA identifiers

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