|This is a list of famous
Jewish American Computer Scientists.
Dan Bricklin, creator of the original spreadsheet
Daniel S. Bricklin (born 16 July 1951)
is the co-creator, with Bob Frankston, of the VisiCalc spreadsheet
program. He also founded Software Garden, Inc., of which he is
currently president, and Trellix Corporation, which is currently owned
Bricklin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where he
attended Akiba Hebrew Academy during his high school years. He
received his B.S. in electrical engineering/computer science from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a resident of
Bexley Hall, and his MBA from Harvard University in 1979.
Also in 1979, Bricklin and Frankston founded Software Arts, Inc., and
began selling VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program available for
personal computers. He was given a Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1981
Bricklin was chairman of Software Arts until 1985, when he left to
found Software Garden. He was the president of the company until he
co-founded Slate Corporation in 1990. Slate closed in 1994 and so
Bricklin returned to Software Garden. In 1994 he was also inducted as
a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
In 1995 Bricklin founded Trellix Corporation. Trellix was bought by
Interland (now Web.com) in 2003, and Bricklin became Interland's chief
He introduced the term "friend-to-friend networking" on August 11,
In 2003, Bricklin was given the Wharton Infosys Business
Transformation Award for being a technology change leader. He was
recognized for having used information technology in an
Bricklin is currently president of Software Garden, a small company
which develops and markets software tools he creates (most notably
"Dan Bricklin's Demo Program"), as well as providing speaking and
He is also developing wikiCalc, a collaborative, basic spreadsheet
running on the Web.