Andries "Andy" van Dam (born 8 December 1938, Groningen) is a Dutch-born American professor of computer science and former Vice-President for Research at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Events 1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room the second public library of Europe. Year 1938 ( MCMXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Groningen is the capital city of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands Computer science (or computing science) is the study and the Science of the theoretical foundations of Information and Computation and their Brown University is a highly esteemed private University located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. Originally appointed as a professor of applied mathematics, he helped to found the computer science program as a joint project between the departments of applied mathematics and engineering. Applied mathematics is a branch of Mathematics that concerns itself with the mathematical techniques typically used in the application of mathematical knowledge to other domains Engineering is the Discipline and Profession of applying technical and scientific Knowledge and When the program was promoted to a full department, van Dam served as its first chair, from 1979 to 1985.
At the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, he became the second person to ever receive a Ph.D. in Computer Science. The University of Pennsylvania (also known as Penn) is a private University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "PhD" redirects here for other uses see PhD (disambiguation.
Van Dam is perhaps most renowned for building the first hypertext system, HES in the late 1960s, and with it pioneering the use of hypertext in the humanities. This article is about the computer technology See HES (disambiguation for other uses The term hypertext, however, was coined by Ted Nelson who was working for him at the time. Theodor Holm Nelson (born 1937 is an American Sociologist, Philosopher, and pioneer of Information technology. 
He is also known for co-authoring Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice along with J.D. Foley, S. James D Foley (born July 20, 1942) is Professor, Stephen Fleming Chair in Telecommunications and interim Dean of the College of Computing K. Feiner, and J. F. Hughes. This book is generally considered one of the most important texts in computer graphics and is often fondly referred to as the "Bible" of computer graphics. Computer graphics are Graphics created by Computers and more generally the Representation and Manipulation of Pictorial Data 
In 1967, Professor van Dam co-founded ACM SIGGRAPH. ACM SIGGRAPH is the New York-based Association for Computing Machinery 's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques 
Currently, Professor van Dam is teaching several courses in computer graphics at Brown University. In addition, he often teaches one introductory computer science course per semester. He is also serving on the Technical Board of Microsoft Research, as Chairman of the Rhode Island Governor's Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), and as Chairman of the IEEE James H. Microsoft Research (MSR is a division of Microsoft created in 1991 for researching various Computer science topics and issues The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE (read eye-triple-e) is an international Non-profit, professional organization Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal committee. In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a chaired professorship was recently endowed in his honor at Brown University. The Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, was founded in 1947 as the world's first scientific and educational Computing society
Andy has mentored an astounding number of scholars and practitioners in hypertext and computer graphics. Among them, he is known for his demanding but fair mentorship, and for the long-standing mutual commitment and loyalty he maintains with his students.
As far back as the late 1960s, Andy employed the services of undergraduate students in his research and teaching programs. This was a rare opportunity for undergrads to participate in academic activities usually reserved for grad students. Much of the research and development in graphics systems, hypertext, and systems programming languages was carried out by undergrads.