In Memory of Dr. Mark Weiser
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July 23, 1952 - April 27, 1999
It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Highlands Forum member Mark Weiser on April 27th, after a brief illness. Mark was Chief Technologist of Xerox PARC, and world-renowned as an innovative computer scientist who focused his work on the notion of "ubiquitous computing." This concept of invisible computers embedded in everyday objects was the inspiration for Highlands IX, "Ubiquitous Microsensors and Networks," at which Mark gave a stimulating talk on networks and bandwidth. He has been described by fellow Highlands members Paul Saffo and John Seely Brown as "a world-class research scientist who thoroughly understands the entrepreneurial process of turning technologies into products that actually touch and change people's lives," with a vision that "is applauded throughout industry and academe." Mark will be remembered not only as a visionary, but also as a good friend, and one devoted to his wife and daughters, Vicky, Nicole and Corinne, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. The Highlands Forum will miss Mark greatly.

A memorial service will be held later this summer. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund set up to provide tuition scholarships to promising Computer Science undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. Individuals who wish to contribute to the Mark D. Weiser Excellence in Computing Scholarship Fund may send checks to: Berkeley Engineering Fund, University of California, Berkeley, 201 McLaughlin Hall, 1722, Berkeley, CA 94720-1722 (please designate the fund - Mark D. Weiser Excellence in Computing Scholarship - on the check). Gifts can be initiated by email to


The upper left photograph was taken by Peter Menzel and then adopted by Mark for his personal Web page.

The other two photographs on this page may also be found on Mark's personal Web page.

We also encourage you to visit the innovative and entertaining Severe Tire Damage Web site - home of Mark's online band.


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