The inventor of the password died at the age of 93

The inventor of the password died recently

The inventor of the password is Fernando J Corbató. As with so many other computer pioneers, we learn who they are when news of their death is released, including his biography on Wikipedia it is quite concise. The death occurred on the 12th of this month due to complications from diabetes.

Corbató developed the idea of ​​using passwords while working on timeshare methods that would allow multiple people to use a single computer safely at the same time.

The prominent scientist began his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, but after a year had to interrupt his studies due to World War II. For the next three years, he worked debugging computer systems for the United States Navy.

After the war, Corbató enrolled in a Physics course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where graduated in 1950 and received his doctorate in 1956. Immediately after graduating, he joined the MIT Computer Center, where he would become a professor in 1965. At that institution, he interspersed his teaching duties with research until his retirement.

Corbató remained as a professor at MIT until he retired, where he worked in iimportant IT investigations for which it would be formally recognized.

In addition to the aforementioned work in the production of timeshare systems, Corbató he is considered responsible for the development of the Multics operating system. Multics pioneered a number of concepts that are applied today in modern operating systems and led to the development of the Unix operating system, which is still widely used. Unix is ​​also the source of inspiration for Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS.

In 1990, Corbató received the Turing Award for his work in the development of general-purpose, large-scale, time-sharing, and resource-sharing computer systems. Among the results of that remarkable research in the early 1960s came the idea of ​​using passwords.

However, he was not in love with his invention. In 2014 Corbató highlighted that passwords had become something of a "nightmare". At the time he claimed that in today's landscape the rudimentary security approach had become largely unmanageable.


The content of the article adheres to our principles of editorial ethics. To report an error click here!.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *



  1. Responsible for the data: AB Internet Networks 2008 SL
  2. Purpose of the data: Control SPAM, comment management.
  3. Legitimation: Your consent
  4. Communication of the data: The data will not be communicated to third parties except by legal obligation.
  5. Data storage: Database hosted by Occentus Networks (EU)
  6. Rights: At any time you can limit, recover and delete your information.