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William Lupton

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.

Accession Number

A2010.058

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/13/2010

Last Name

Lupton

Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Bill

Schools

Naval Postgraduate School

Louisiana State University

Meade Elementary School

Vaux Junior High School

Central High School

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First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

LUP01

Favorite Season

Spring

Sponsor

National Science Foundation

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Curacao Island

Favorite Quote

It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Maryland

Interview Description
Birth Date

5/26/1941

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Baltimore

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Hoagies

Short Description

Computer science professor and computer scientist William Lupton (1941 - ) was chairman of the computer science department at Morgan State University beginning in 1991.

Employment

Louisiana State University

Jackson State University

United States Naval Academy

Morgan State University

United States Navy

Main Sponsor
Main Sponsor URL
Favorite Color

Blue

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<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29889">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Lupton's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29890">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Lupton lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29891">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Lupton talks about his grandparents</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29892">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Lupton discusses how far back he can trace his family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29893">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Lupton shares stories of his maternal grandfather</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29894">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29895">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes memories of growing up with his cousin</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29896">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Lupton shares his father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29897">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Lupton recalls fixing his family's broken stereo</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29898">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Lupton reminisces about Christmas in his youth</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29899">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William Lupton reflects upon his family's connection to the Navy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29900">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Lupton describes his memories of attending school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29901">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Lupton recalls how his parents met</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29902">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Lupton remembers some of his elementary school experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29903">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Lupton details his childhood neighborhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29904">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Lupton recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29905">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes the type of student he was</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29906">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Lupton recalls an emergency visit to the doctor as a child</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29907">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Lupton explains how he developed a sense of critical thinking</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29908">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Lupton recalls some of his high school experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29909">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Lupton explains the "Philadelphia Syndrome"</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29910">Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William Lupton remembers meeting a friend from high school</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29911">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Lupton discusses his college aspirations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29912">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes his interest in math, computer science and in track as a youth</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29913">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Lupton considers the role of religion in his life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29914">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Lupton describes his path from high school to the United States Navy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29915">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Lupton recalls his early United States Navy experiences and his plans to get an education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29916">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses receiving an education through his career in the United States Navy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29917">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Lupton considers the number of African Americans in his United States Navy programs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29918">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Lupton describes his Naval career path from the USS Forrestal to serving in the Vietnam War</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29919">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Lupton describes receiving an education at the Naval Postgraduate School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29920">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Lupton describes the nature of his military activity as a pilot in the Vietnam War</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29921">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes an incident landing at Da Nang, Vietnam, Part 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29922">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Lupton describes an incident landing at Da Nang, Vietnam, Part 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29923">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Lupton discusses his education at the Naval Postgraduate School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29924">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Lupton describes his experiences at the United States Naval Academy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29925">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses building the computer science department at the United States Naval Academy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29926">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes the social atmosphere of the United States Naval Academy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29927">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Lupton tells of another landing incident aboard the USS Nimitz</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29928">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Lupton explains what happened to his aircraft aboard the USS Nimitz</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29929">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Lupton describes his career trajectory as a Professor of Naval Sciences at Louisiana State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29930">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Lupton shares some experiences from his service as a Professor of Naval Sciences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29931">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Lupton describes the cultural differences between Louisiana State University and Southern University and A&M College</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29932">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Lupton describes his arrival at Jackson State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29933">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Lupton describes his departure from Jackson State University and the reception of his Ph.D. degree</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29934">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Lupton discusses his arrival at Morgan State University and his development of the computer science department</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29935">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William Lupton discusses balancing his roles as researcher and department chair</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29936">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William Lupton discusses the National Technical Association</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29937">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - William Lupton describes the importance of computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29938">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - William Lupton reflects on the progress being made in computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29939">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Lupton discusses topics in the future of computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29940">Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Lupton discusses government funding in the field of computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29941">Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Lupton describes the decisions his faculty are faced with in the Department of Computer Science at Morgan State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29942">Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Lupton considers the importance of service in academia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29943">Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Lupton reflects on the changing academic atmosphere of Morgan State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29944">Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William Lupton discusses the things he enjoys about his job in computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29945">Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William Lupton describes the awards he has received</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29946">Tape: 6 Story: 8 - William Lupton talks about his sons</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29947">Tape: 6 Story: 9 - William Lupton shares advice for a student interested in science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29948">Tape: 6 Story: 10 - William Lupton explains why he would be a medical doctor if he was not doing computer science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/29949">Tape: 6 Story: 11 - William Lupton considers his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673016">Tape: 7 Story: 1 - William Lupton narrates his photographs, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/673017">Tape: 7 Story: 2 - William Lupton narrates his photographs, pt. 2</a>

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William Lupton recalls fixing his family's broken stereo
William Lupton recalls an emergency visit to the doctor as a child
Transcript
Did you like to challenge your father?$$Not so much as challenge, but to verify (laughter), to verify. I know when stereos first came out, my dad bought us a stereo. And, oh, we loved it. We used to play it all the time. In fact, my favorite artist back then was a singer named Dakota Staton. You probably--most people never even heard of Dakota Staton, but she, she was a jazz singer; loved her. One day, the stereo broke, and I said, oh, wow. And I asked Dad [Clement M. Lupton] to fix it. Dad didn't have any money to fix it. His position was, you shouldn't have broke it in the first place (laughter). So I said, okay. One day when I got just tired of waiting, I took the stereo apart. My brother came in, and he said, what are you doing? I said, I'm fixing the stereo. He said, you'd better get that back together before Dad gets (laughter). Okay, he's gonna kill you. So, sure enough I found the piece that was broken on it, and I didn't have any way to replace it so I glued it and glued it and put some scotch tape on it and put it back together. The thing worked. Dad came home. The stereo was working. He noticed the music, but he didn't ask how it got repaired. So I never told him (laughter).$So what would you say was your earliest encounter with science?$$My earliest encounter with science was kind of an accident. We had--I don't know what had happened. We were in the house and either the hot water heater wasn't working or it had broken down or something. Anyhow, we had no hot water. And it was bath time so I was boiling some water on the stove and I was gonna pour it in the bathtub. And I recall when the water was boiling, I got some mits and I lifted this pot up off the stove, and I was gonna take it into the bathroom. And my brother came behind me and bumped me and I spilled the whole pot of boiling water on my chest which as I recall felt like ice cold. And I put the pot down and I was calling my mother [Mary Katherine Thomas Lupton], oh, oh, look what he did. And I was concerned about spilling the water on the floor. And then I took my shirt to pull it up to show my mother how wet it was, and I looked down, and I had no skin (laughter) to about my waist because it had all boiled off. My mother grabbed me and took me out the house and around to this hospital which is on the other side of the wall there that was Girard College [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]. And this doctor was putting this salve and stuff on me, and I'm looking, saying what is this he's doing? And he was explaining what he was doing 'cause I was, between tears I was trying to listen to find out what he was doing because I was always conscious of what was happening to me. And I made the connection and said, hum, this guy's a doctor and I see what the doctor is doing, putting this salve, it looked like salve on me. And that was supposed to have some kind of reaction with the skin and the blood and the stuff and then he wrapped it. And I got to thinking about that, and I thought well,--$$About how old were you then?$$Oh, I guess I was about ten [years old], maybe eleven, somewhere around there.