Gordon Foster

Frederic Gordon Foster (24 February 1921 – 20 December 2010)[1] was an Irish computational engineer, statistician, professor, and college dean who is widely known for devising, in 1965, a nine-digit code upon which the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is based.[1]

F. Gordon Foster
Born24 February 1921
Died20 December 2010 (aged 89)
Known forFoster's theorem
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorDavid George Kendall


Foster was born in Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, between 1920 enactment and 1921 implementation of the partition of Ireland. He studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and began advanced study in mathematics at Queen's University Belfast. During World War II, he was recruited from Queen's by MI6 to work as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park.

After the war he resumed studies at Magdalen College, Oxford. A lecture on feedback control by Norbert Wiener, regarded as the originator of cybernetics, proved to be a great influence on Foster's research. Upon completing his PhD at Magdalen, he accepted an offer to lecture on his research at the University of Manchester, where he met Alan Turing, a Bletchley Park veteran who became known as the father of computer science. Turing introduced him to the Manchester Mark I computer and enlisted his help working on it. In 1952 Foster joined the faculty of the London School of Economics (LSE), first as an assistant lecturer in statistics, then lecturer and reader. In 1964, he was appointed to the chair of computational methods. While at LSE he helped develop operations research as an academic discipline.

Foster became professor of statistics at Trinity College Dublin in 1967. There he flourished, promoting statistical analysis and computer applications in several constituent schools and academic departments. He also developed his own department, with a strong postgraduate as well as undergraduate program, and set up the statistics and operations research laboratory, known for outreach to industry and public services. Eventually he was Dean of Engineering and System Sciences.[1]

Foster died in Dublin, 20 December 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pioneering Figure in the Worlds of Informatics and Computing". The Irish Times. 26 February 2011.

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• Built in 1874 on land purchased from Edward and Margaret Hennessy

• It was designated District #3, Town of Middlesex, for grades 1 – 8

• Named after a family that lived nearby

• Bricks from a nearby blacksmith shop were crumbled and used as a foundation for the school

• Bricks for the walls may have been made in a brick factory that was located on the next door Button Farm

• Closed after the 1937-38 school year due to the centralization of schools as Middlesex Valley Central School District

• Some of the teachers who taught there were: Lillian Boyd, Gordon Foster, Nellie Bennett, Mrs. Stanley Voorhees, Ruth Halstead, Carrie Razey, Lela Robson, Nellie Button, Bertha Noble, Alice DeWick, Patrick H. Sheehan, Frank Matteson, Harlan Smith, and Hazel Dinehart Robeson

• Sold at a public auction to Leon G. Button on November 11, 1939 for $128.50

• 1953 Anson Wagar presented a 4’ X 5’ picture of the school to hang in the Middlesex Valley School. After many years it was taken down and stored where it was damaged. In 2014, the Middlesex Heritage Group was awarded a grant to restore the painting. It is currently on display at the Town Hall in Middlesex.

• The picture of the school was in the November 1933 issue of National Geographic, page 560.

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