Birth of Computer Science Education and Research in Finland

  • Reino Kurki-Suonio
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 174)


Several Finnish universities established chairs in computer science/information processing in 1965–68. Rather than reflecting natural evolution within universities, external needs motivated this. The first professors came from computing practice but had also academic ambitions. This paper is a recollection on how the new discipline developed in an atmosphere of conflicting goals

Key words

Academic education information processing Finland 


  1. Martti Tienari (ed.), Early Years of Information Technology in Finland. Suomen Atkkustannus Oy 1993 (in Finnish).Google Scholar

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reino Kurki-Suonio
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  1. 1.Tampere University of TechnologyTampere

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