David Lamb, retired professor of computer science at the University of Delaware, died March 7, 2019, at age 86.
Lamb graduated from Yale in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and in 1962 earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton. He began his 36-year career at Delaware as an assistant professor of chemical engineering.
He became an early expert in computer science and was appointed director of the computer center at the University of Delaware. He founded its Department of Computer and Information Sciences and was its chair for several years. Lamb supervised graduate research projects and presented papers worldwide.
He continued to teach as a professor of computer science until his retirement. He was in steady demand as a consultant to government contractors and corporations such as Sun Oil and Bethlehem Steel, and even the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Lamb greatly appreciated classical music, dance, opera, and art. He also researched and studied the stars, planets, and galaxies.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; five daughters; and eight grandchildren.
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