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Computer Center Renamed in Honor of Mathematics Pioneer

The Computer Services Facility at the University of Kansas is being renamed Price Computing Center in honor of Griffith Baley Price.

Price was a pioneer during the golden age of mathematics, and a long-time faculty member and former chair of the Mathematics Department at KU. Price was instrumental in developing “new math” for high schools and colleges and was recognized in 1970 with the Mathematical Association of America's Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics.

A graduate of Mississippi College and Harvard University, Price served in World War II as a statistician, using a slide rule to compute bombing accuracy. When Price returned to the states in 1937, he joined the University of Kansas where he served for 38 years.

The dedication of the Price Computing Center honors Price for his early contributions to computing at KU and nationally. Dr. Price brought the first computer to KU in 1957, laying the cornerstone for information technology on campus. Since then, computer technology has played an increasingly important role in helping the University of Kansas educate leaders and make discoveries that change the world. A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 4 to 5 p.m., rededicating the Computer Center in honor of Dr. Price.

Construction on the Computer Center was started just 20 years after Price brought the first computer to campus. It was designed and built as a dedicated home for information technology on campus, and reflects a spirit of innovation. The Computing Center houses over 700 servers and more than 200 IT staff members. From this building, KU Information Technology supports more than 30,000 customers and manages over 90,000 unique network devices. It is the hub of information that crisscrosses the campus and connects KU faculty, staff and students to the world.

You can see a video of the dedication ceremony at:

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