Who, me?

Just a few tidbits about me, Brian Beckman. I'm easy to find. I'm a physicist (PhD, Princeton, 1982), who worked in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Relativity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, from 1982 to 1992. I partnered with David Jefferson on the Time Warp Operating System from 1984 through 1989. I have been dabbling in programming languages since the early 1970's, mostly on the side of practical applications. I found Scheme in the early 1980's, however, and made a few contributions and hacks. I got very comfortable with implementing compilers and interpreters and have made a slightly underground career putting lightweight implementations in all kinds of interesting places, like scientific data systems and operating-system kernels. I've also written some articles on the physics of racing cars, just as a hobby. Since 1992 I've worked at Microsoft, almost always one of the first two or three to found some project or another, specifically BBT, which is now Phoenix, Public-key security, MTS, CLR, Biztalk, tire physics for video games, and now, back to languages, on Visual Basic via SQL Server and LINQ. Feels like home, actually.

I grew up in Hollywood, CA, where my whole family was in show-biz. No one can understand how I ended up in science and technology.

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2006 11:25 AM by brianbec

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# re: Who, me?@ Wednesday, November 7, 2007 7:55 AM


  I have an idea! For 15 years I have been working on an invention to enhance the visual lighting systems in the rear end of all vehicles that would provide more information to following vehicles. It could save enormous amounts of wasted fuel in stop and go driving world wide, substantially reduce carbon pollutants, and most importantly, save lives and injuries caused by by the most common of all vehicle crashes...the rear end collison. I have not been able to get to the next step. I saw one of your interviews on channel 9 recently and did a search to find you, but have come up empty other than this blog.

  My bio is limited. I started and ran my own transportation company in south Florida for about ten years. Was an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA and DoD before retiring in September of 2006. Practical commercial driving experience led me to this invention. Can you help me get to the next step?

Ron Palmer

Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33026

954 431-4066


Ron Palmer

# re: Who, me?@ Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:21 PM

Brian, was your Dad Henry Beckman? Originally from N.S., Canada?