SEAC and the Start of Image Processing at the National Bureau of Standards

by Russell A. Kirsch

portrait of Don J. Orser

Don J. Orser

Mr. Don J. Orser was born in 1941 in Modesto, California. Mr. Orser received his B.A. in mathematics from Pacific Union College in 1966 and received a M.S. in computer science in 1973 from the University of Maryland. Mr. Orser began his computing career in 1962 on a Bendix G-15 computer by working on the problem of computing the volume of logs for the timber industry in Arcata, California. He joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1967 where his first task was to write a LISP system for their just acquired Univac computer, and subsequently joined the Mathematical Analysis Division in 1971 working with Russell Kirsch to improve the digital image processing capabilities available at NBS. The LISPIX image processing language, built as an extension to LISP, was the result of these efforts. Subsequently, LISPIX was used in a number of research projects at the National Institutes of Health and NBS involving imagery measurements. Mr. Orser went on to apply non-numerical algorithms to alloy phase diagram representation for which he received the NBS Bronze medal award in 1980. Mr. Orser retired in 1992 and resides in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with his wife Jerry.

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