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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Science Professor
Computer Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hoagies
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Curacao Island
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
5/26/1941
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Science Professor
Computer Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hoagies
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Curacao Island
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
5/26/1941
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Computer scientist William Lupton was born on May 26, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Central High School, graduating in 1959. That same year, Lupton joined the United States Navy and became a sailor, eventually becoming a U.S. Naval Flight Officer and attained the rank of Commander. He logged over 5,000 flight hours in his career and earned five Strike/Flight air medals for his combat cruises to Vietnam. In 1972, Lupton attended the Naval Postgraduate School in California where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science. In 1980, Lupton served as chairperson of the computer science department at the United States Naval Academy. While there, he designed one of the most innovative and complete computer science majors in the country.

In 1981, Lupton took a position as a Professor of Naval Science at Louisiana State University and while there, he earned his Ph.D. degree in expert database systems. Following his tenure at LSU in 1987, he joined the faculty at Jackson State University and chaired the computer science department from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, Morgan State University invited Lupton to chair its computer science department, where he presently serves. Since 2007, Lupton has been the principal investigator of Morgan State University’s Network Resources and Training Site in the Minority University-Space Interdisciplinary Network project which aims to inspire young minority scientists and engineers.

Lupton has been president of the Baltimore and National chapters of the National Technical Association and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the inaugural national president of the Association of the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering at Minority Institutions (ADMI). He has generated over $5 million in funding to improve science and science education.

Lupton is married to Monica McKinney and has three sons, Michael, Steven, and Scott Lupton.

William Lupton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 13, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Lupton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Lupton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Lupton talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Lupton discusses how far back he can trace his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Lupton shares stories of his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes memories of growing up with his cousin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Lupton shares his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Lupton recalls fixing his family's broken stereo
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Lupton reminisces about Christmas in his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William Lupton reflects upon his family's connection to the Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Lupton describes his memories of attending school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Lupton recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Lupton remembers some of his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Lupton details his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Lupton recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes the type of student he was
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Lupton recalls an emergency visit to the doctor as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Lupton explains how he developed a sense of critical thinking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Lupton recalls some of his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Lupton explains the "Philadelphia Syndrome"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William Lupton remembers meeting a friend from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Lupton discusses his college aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes his interest in math, computer science and in track as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Lupton considers the role of religion in his life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Lupton describes his path from high school to the United States Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Lupton recalls his early United States Navy experiences and his plans to get an education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses receiving an education through his career in the United States Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Lupton considers the number of African Americans in his United States Navy programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Lupton describes his Naval career path from the USS Forrestal to serving in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Lupton describes receiving an education at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Lupton describes the nature of his military activity as a pilot in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes an incident landing at Da Nang, Vietnam, Part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Lupton describes an incident landing at Da Nang, Vietnam, Part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Lupton discusses his education at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Lupton describes his experiences at the United States Naval Academy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses building the computer science department at the United States Naval Academy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes the social atmosphere of the United States Naval Academy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Lupton tells of another landing incident aboard the USS Nimitz
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Lupton explains what happened to his aircraft aboard the USS Nimitz
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes his career trajectory as a Professor of Naval Sciences at Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Lupton shares some experiences from his service as a Professor of Naval Sciences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Lupton describes the cultural differences between Louisiana State University and Southern University and A&M College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Lupton describes his arrival at Jackson State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes his departure from Jackson State University and the reception of his Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Lupton discusses his arrival at Morgan State University and his development of the computer science department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William Lupton discusses balancing his roles as researcher and department chair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William Lupton discusses the National Technical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - William Lupton describes the importance of computer science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - William Lupton reflects on the progress being made in computer science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Lupton discusses topics in the future of computer science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Lupton discusses government funding in the field of computer science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Lupton describes the decisions his faculty are faced with in the Department of Computer Science at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Lupton considers the importance of service in academia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Lupton reflects on the changing academic atmosphere of Morgan State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses the things he enjoys about his job in computer science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes the awards he has received
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - William Lupton talks about his sons
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - William Lupton shares advice for a student interested in science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - William Lupton explains why he would be a medical doctor if he was not doing computer science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - William Lupton considers his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William Lupton narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William Lupton narrates his photographs, pt. 2