Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider is known as Lick to family, companions, associates, and nearly every other person; I will refer to him casually as Lick, as he would have needed. At the hour of his demise, he was an individual from the Engineering Section of the National Academy of Sciences, chosen in 1969. An educator emeritus of software engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. An individual from the Laboratory for Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a creative experimenter and theoretician, a scholarly pioneer, and a visionary. Who left significant imprints in two particular fields: psychoacoustics and software engineering.

Basic InformationJ. C. R. Licklider,
Date of Birth11th March 1915
Place of BirthSt. Louis, Missouri,
Date of Death26th June 1990
Place of DeathSymmes Hospital, Arlington, Massachusetts,
Cause of DeathNatural
Age75 years old
UniversityWashington University in St. Louis, The University of Rochester
Famous forCybernetics/Interactive computing
TitleThe inventor of Cloud Computing
Other worksArtificial Intelligence
SpouseLouise Carpenter,

Early Life and Education:

Lick was born on 11th March 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the only son of Joseph Parron Licklider, a Baptist Minister, and Margaret Robnett Licklider. J. C. R. Licklider got his education from the University of Washington which is in St. Louis with a major in psychology, mathematics, and also in Physics in the year 1937. J. C. R. Licklider also got an education of M.A degree in psychology in the succeeding year. He continued his graduate studies in psychology at the University of Rochester. J. C. R. Licklider got a degree Ph.D. in the year 1942.

J.C.R. Licklider in the Hall of Fame
J.C.R. Licklider in the Hall of Fame

Lick’s Ph.D. research at the University of Rochester was an exploratory examination of the “spot” and “. Recurrence of neural driving forces” hypotheses about the view of pitch and din. In particular, he estimated the extent, recurrence, and loci of cortical electro-neural movement in the mind of creatures considering tones introduced to the ear. Lick more likely finished this exploration and other degree prerequisites in 1941. Because he acknowledged an examination partner arrangement at Swarthmore for the 1941-42 scholastic year to deal with a connected examination subject. World War II stopped his stay at Swarthmore. Lick stayed away forever to the sort of spearheading neuroscience exploration of his thesis[1].

Professional Career:

Lick’s proficient profession started at Harvard University in 1942 with his arrangement as an exploration partner. Later on as an examination of an individual in the Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory. It was wartime, and the lab was engaged with research for the military administrations. A significant concern was radio correspondence with the airplane, which was poor considering sign twisting and added substance commotion from unique sources.

MIT Professor J.C.R. Licklider
MIT Professor J.C.R. Licklider

Lick continued to examine the understandability of discourse contorted in a wide range of ways and within the sight of different added substance commotion.

In the expressions of Walter Rosenblith,3 “There is not any size or state of Procrustus bed on which Lick has not extended, cut, inclined or even separated discourse before tuning in to it”. The enormous measure of exploratory work he completed required a likewise gigantic measure of electronic gear. Electronic innovation was still somewhat crude around them, and it took a lot of creativity. Configuration abilities, fabricate and keep up the vital hardware. It took additionally such a distrustful brain that Lick had to ensure that the trial results were authentic, as opposed to outcomes of unintended attributes of the gear utilized [1].

Research During War:

Lick’s wartime research was introduced after the finish of the battle in a progression of papers (1946, 1947, 1948). A considerable lot of them co-created with different associates of the Harvard Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory. Of specific significance is Lick’s disclosure that endless pinnacle cutting of discourse waves brought about a shockingly little decrease in their clarity, and that such decrease could be limited by separating discourse waves before cutting them and incorporating the subsequent rectangular wave structures.

Since endless pinnacle cutting of a wave structure protects just the zero intersections of the wave structure (the focuses where it changes from a negative to a positive worth and the other way around). The areas of the zero intersections of discourse waves needed to contain the greater part of the data important to get discourse, an entirely amazing end. This disclosure prompted huge hardware enhancements, for which Lick allowed a patent [1].

After World War II Ended:

1945, the year World War II finished, was a defining moment in Lick’s own and expert life. On 20th January 1945, he wedded Louise Carpenter; their two kids, Tracy Robnett and Linda Louise was born in the world in 1947 and 1949, individually. Louise, other than bringing up the two youngsters, discovered a chance to examine with Lick the accumulating conduct of rodents and co-wrote a paper on their perceptions (1950). The finish of the war permitted Lick to direct his concentration toward more fundamental inquiries concerning discourse and hearing. The prompt after-war period was likewise a period of exceptional interdisciplinary action in the Cambridge research network. Fixated on Norbert Wiener’s thought of computer science, or control and correspondence in the creature and the machine.

Lick turned into a functioning individual from that network and a diligent member in the week after week social events drove by Wiener. He took in the models and scientific instruments of the new measurable correspondence hypothesis propounded by Wiener.

The Geniuses that Anticipated the Idea of the Internet
The Geniuses that Anticipated the Idea of the Internet

Lick’s after war research at the Harvard Psycho-Acoustic Lab fixated on binaural hearing with an end goal to distinguish hear-able cycles. Happen in the focal sensory system as opposed to at the fringe. For example, on account of discourse concealed by background noise, found that clarity could expanded by as much as 25% by reversing the extremity of the discourse signal at one ear comparative with that at the other ear (1948). He likewise contemplated binaural beats coming about because of introducing to the two ears tones of frequencies contrasting just barely and proposed a neural instrument that could clarify his test results (1950) [1].

Awards for Outstanding Contributions:

He introduced the Biennial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Acoustics to Lick at the 1950 spring meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.3 In July of the exact year he joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a partner educator in the Department of Electrical Engineering and, later on, in the Department of Economics and Social Science. During his stay at MIT (1950-57), he was on different occasions and simultaneously a gathering chief in the Lincoln Laboratory and an individual from the Acoustic Laboratory and the Research Laboratory of Electronics. He had the option to pull in to MIT a little gathering of superb exploratory clinicians, including David Green, George Miller, and John Swets, as of now individuals from the Psychology Section of the National Academy of Sciences, to shape another office, an aim that for different reasons he couldn’t accomplish.

Lick’s distributions while at MIT show an extreme move of his examination toward the structure of speculations about sound discernment dependent on existing exploratory information, which has stood out from the trial focal point of his past exploration. The major consequence of this examination was his duplex hypothesis of contribute observation distributed in 1951 and later broadened (1956) to a trio hypothesis covering binaural perception[1].

Farewell to file clerks
Farewell to file clerks

Theories of Perception based on the notions:

These hypotheses of recognition depended on the thoughts of auto-connection and cross-relationship capacities propounded by Norbert Wiener and on Lick’s smart perception that the tasks engaged with the calculations of such capacities (to be specific, deferral, duplication, and averaging) could roughly act continuously by the sensory system. The hypothesis-building exertion went connected at the hip with basic, nitty-gritty surveys of the turn of events and the present status of psychoacoustics. Lick contributed two parts (1951), one co-composed of George Miller, to the Handbook of Experimental Psychology, altered by S. S. Stevens. He additionally contributed the section on hearing to the 1953 Annual Review of Psychology[1].

Lick’s theory-building effort and the publications:

Lick’s hypothesis-building exertion had an exploratory segment that isn’t obvious in his conventional distributions. In a 1988 oral history interview, he referenced having assembled a lot of simple PC hardware: “I used the simple gear predominantly for creating improvements, gathering reactions, examining them, etc. It was having simple PCs, lastly figuring out how to dominate them, that drove me to do displaying on them.” He discovered simple PCs were not adaptable enough to help him in his hypothesis-building exertion: 4 “I had a major simple PC lab since I was showing cerebrum stuff, and I understood I could not do what I was attempting to do with simple processing.” This failure with simple PCs denotes the start of his relationship with computerized PCs as demonstrating tools.

Psychoacoustics research was just a piece of Lick’s exercises at MIT. Notwithstanding his scholarly obligations, he partook in Project Hartwell on undersea fighting and in Project Charles on-air safeguard. The last prompted the arrangement of the Lincoln Laboratory, where he became head of the brain research gathering. Lincoln Laboratory began in a revamped[1].

Interest in MIT and moved to the Rural Area:

World War II structure on the MIT grounds and moved to its present rural area several years after the fact. George Miller, who had become co-head of the brain science gathering, moved to the new area, while Lick stayed nearby.

The Godfather Of Interactive Computing J. C. R. ‘Lick’ Licklider
The Godfather Of Interactive Computing J. C. R. ‘Lick’ Licklider

The choice on who might move reached by flipping a coin, and as per Lick,4 both ideas they had lost.

Lincoln Laboratory’s errand was to build up another sort of air guard framework using computerized PCs to break down the data given by a few radars, recognize the areas of adversary aircraft, and give control data to block the attempt of warriors. There was a lot of work for exploratory clinicians because there must be human connections in the general cycle (to be specific flight regulators, who might take a gander at the parcels of adversary aircraft and offer bearings to the individual contenders). The trial exhibit framework used the Whirlwind PC, which as of late had finished under the course of Jay Forrester[1].

Cathode Tube preparation:

The man-machine interfaces comprising enormous cathode beam tubes on which the prepared radar data are shown and of light weapons or pens that could determine the PC-specific areas on the picture shown. Lick’s first close experience with a ground-breaking advanced PC was with one with a visual presentation and a capacity for the continuous, man-machine association. Later on, he scoured shoulders at Lincoln Laboratory with Wes Clark, who welcomed him to use the TX2 PC, which had recently finished. The TX2 was a ground-breaking, transistorized PC with a visual showcase and light pen that Clark had planned explicitly for the man-machine association. No big surprise Lick, as a trial analyst, went gaga for advanced PCs [1].

Lick’s Major Project:

A significant venture on which Lick worked at BBN was an investigation of future libraries, which was upheld by the Council on Library Resources, an association set up by the Ford Foundation in 1956. After protracted discussions with recognized pioneers from an assortment of exploration associations, the chamber had chosen Lick to lead the venture (1965). It was to propose to be a five-year exertion starting in November 1961, however, it endured just two years since Lick left BBN in October 1962 to become the overseer of IPTO, and even his significant distance management of the venture must end a year later. The last report on the undertaking finished in January 1963, is regarded by the committee to be a significant commitment meriting distribution in book structure[1].

Future Plan of Lick:

The book Libraries of the Future, distributed in 1965, presents a dream of future libraries dependent on Lick’s vision of man-PC helpful interaction. The major portion of the book is comparative in structure to his previous paper.

Founding of Information Processing Techniques Office
Founding of Information Processing Techniques Office

In the wake of restricting the extent of “Libraries” to the group of archives that could put away in computerized structure without loss of significant worth and assessing its present size, Lick presents an itemized examination of the scholarly cycles engaged with the securing, association, and utilization of information. A depiction of the structure and utilization of the “precognitive frameworks” he imagined, equipped for looking through the group of reports under client control, trailed this. At long last, Lick diagrams, as in his prior paper, an examination program expected to achieve his vision[1].

Computer Research Laboratories for MAC:

One of Lick’s recommendations with which I am recognizable end up being especially significant (he empowered or convinced individuals, however never mentioned to them what they ought to do). He recommended it would be a smart thought to begin Project MAC with a mid-year concentrate with members from significant PC research labs. There were many gatherings and a great deal of conversation during the two-month study, with a couple of memoranda being composed.

Notwithstanding, no report ever arranged, because there was no huge new end or suggestion to be introduced and, also, no proper report was normal. The late spring study ended up being an incredible “acclimate party,” where members became acquainted with each other and had to get comfortable with two enormous, as of late finished time-sharing frameworks that were accessible for their individual use: one created at the MIT Computation Center and the other created at the System Development Corporation. The examination assisted with getting the IPTO program on its way, and that was exactly what Lick had at the top of the priority list[1].


IPTO Program:

The IPTO program was at first censured by various driving individuals in the PC people group, and vociferously by some of them. They accepted that online utilization of PCs was inefficient, and subsequently, that the entire program established a misuse of government reserves. Yet, lick persevered, and time refuted them. They had missed Lick’s central matter that PCs, albeit still costly, could deliver on interest, while imaginative, skilled individuals proved unable.

Lick finished his two-year deployment at ARPA in 1964; notwithstanding, he got back to ARPA in 1974 for a year to serve again as overseer of IPTO when no other appropriate individual could be found. Tragically, that subsequent visit was not as charming for him as the first. He needed to battle with budgetary weights coming about because of the battle in Vietnam and with new avocation prerequisites for the consumption of examination reserves. ARPA had gotten more administrative, and Lick didn’t feel great in that climate; he performed his responsibility and kept the IPTO program on target[1].

Move to IBM Company:

After his first ARPA deployment, Lick went to IBM with the fairly dubious title of advisor to the head of the examination. Obviously, and of course, at that point, he didn’t discover there an exploration climate friendly to his perspectives and examination interests. He, along these lines, made plans to re-visitation MIT in 1966 as a meeting teacher. The next year he acknowledged a lasting arrangement in the Electrical Engineering Department and from 1968 to 1970 filled in as overseer of Project MAC, the exploration research facility he had helped to set up in 1963 and which turned out to be in the end the current Laboratory for Computer Science.

TX2 computer, Lincoln LAB, MIT.
TX2 computer, Lincoln LAB, MIT.

Lick frustrated upon his re-visitation of MIT by the absence of progress in two zones that were critical to his aim of man-PC beneficial interaction: visual man-PC interfaces and programming frameworks that would encourage building PC models and investigating their practices without composing elaborate projects with no preparation. To gain ground in those regions, he framed another examination bunch in Project MAC and immediately pulled in countless understudies, both alumni, and undergrad. The name picked for the new gathering was Dynamic Modeling, showing its proposed research objective[1].

Distribution of Computer system:

Lick’s inheritance is clear to anyone mature enough to be acquainted with the condition of PCs and their use in 1960 when he distributed his well-known paper on man-PC helpful interaction. His vision, which was sci-fi too many around them, is presently a reality and underestimated by individuals around the globe. The Internet is the epitome of the “between galactic organization” he was discussing with merriment as far back as 1963. Libraries are hurrying toward the vision portrayed in his book Libraries of the Future, and the U.S. Military has grasped the perspectives on Command and Control expressively introduced in his 1962 ARPA meet.

And this on top of his enormous commitments to psychoacoustics a serious inheritance without a doubt. Lick more likely to be aware of it, however, he is excessively held and humble to offer any hint of his mindfulness. All things being equal, I wish to recognize my obligation to Lick; I had the advantage of knowing him as a partner and companion since 1950 when he previously joined the MIT workforce and the extraordinary karma of being uncovered at the perfect chance to his thoughts and his communicable energy[1].


Licklider wrote many articles and lectures, and one book[2]:

i. An electrical investigation of Frequency-Localization in the Auditory Cortex of the Cat. Ph.D. Thesis from the University of Rochester in the year 1942.

ii. In the year 1965, he wrote on Libraries of the Future, in the Cambridge University M.I.T Press.

iii. Memorandum for Members and Affiliates of the Intergalactic Computer Network in the year 1963.

iv. Man-Computer Partnership in the year of 1965.

v. Tele vistas: Looking ahead through side windows in the year 1967.

vi. Computers are helping scientists Locate that Pebble in the New Avalanche of Information in the year 1967.

vii. The computer was a Communication Device in the year 1968.

J.C.R. Licklider – The Early Computing Visionary You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
J.C.R. Licklider – The Early Computing Visionary You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


1.            nap. 25th November 2020; Available from:

2.            wikipedia. 25th November 2020; Available from:

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