The following in memoriam appeared originally in the Daily Bulletin on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Former faculty member William Morven Gentleman died on December 13, 2018.
Morven Gentleman joined the University of Waterloo in July 1969 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science (now the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science) and later the Department of Statistics. He was later promoted to Associate Professor.
Computer clusters power everything from Google and Facebook to online retail and banking. They’re comprised of hundreds or even thousands of machines connected together by networks, typically in a vast data centre.
Anyone who’s used a pen with a tablet appreciates how precisely the instrument allows them to write, draw, and manipulate objects. A pen is natural input device, one that’s much more nuanced than a mouse or touchpad. Despite its precision and ease of use, many tablet applications still need menus, buttons, and widgets for a user to switch between tools, to set their attributes, and to issue commands.