Forty years

Four decades since my first visit to Dartmouth.

I recently came across some photographs in an old photo album, photos I took at Dartmouth when I was a high-school junior touring colleges around the northeast. They are from the summer of 1981; although it’s hard to be certain, there are clues in some photos that suggest it was likely June or July. It has thus been forty years since I first arrived on the Hanover Plain!

Little did I know then that I would return one year later to be taking classes from faculty like John Kemeny and exploring the many mountains and rivers of New Hampshire as a leader of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Nor that I would later return to join the Dartmouth faculty as a professor in computer science!

It is interesting to see how little the campus has changed in forty years, at least in these photos of the iconic buildings at the center of campus.

More interesting is the photo immediately above, depicting the Kiewit Computation Center in foreground, and the Gerry/Bradley buildings housing mathematics, computer science, and psychology, at rear; all of those buildings are long gone!

It’s also astonishing to consider how far we’ve come in computing, since then; at the time, the Kiewit Computation Center housed the one (and only) computer on the campus; now, every person you pass on the street has a computer in their pocket, and another in the pack slung across their back.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

One thought on “Forty years”

  1. Methinks you are too modest David in that you played a huge role in making “every person you pass on the street has a computer in their pocket, and another in the pack slung across their back” a thing! We all spent time at that Kiewit Center and Gerry Hall. Thanks for sharing.

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