Robert Tappan Morris Biography / Wiki
Born on November 8, 1965, Robert Tappan Morris is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur who is best known for creating the Morris worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet.
Morris was prosecuted for releasing the worm, and became the first person convicted under the then-new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). He went on to cofound the online store Viaweb, one of the first web applications, and later the venture capital funding firm Y Combinator, both with Paul Graham.
He later joined the faculty in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received tenure in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019.
Robert Tappan Morris Family / Siblings / Religion
Morris was born to parents Robert Morris and Anne Farlow Morris. The senior Robert Morris was a computer scientist at Bell Labs, who helped design Multics and Unix; and later became the chief scientist at the National Computer Security Center, a division of the National Security Agency (NSA). He graduated from Delbarton School in 1983.
After serving his conviction term, he returned to Harvard to complete his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) under the supervision of H.T. Kung.
Robert Tappan Morris Girlfriend / Wife / Spouse / Children
He has not revelaed his martial status till now.
What is Morris worm?
Morris’ computer worm was developed in 1988, while he was a graduate student at Cornell University. He released the worm from MIT, rather than from Cornell. The worm was programmed to check each computer it found to determine if the infection was already present.
In 1989, Morris was indicted for violating United States Code Title 18, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). He was the first person to be indicted under this act. In December 1990, he was sentenced to three years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a fine of $10,050 plus the costs of his supervision.
Robert Tappan Morris Age / Net Worth / 2021
As of 2021, Robert is 56 years old and has a net worth of around $2 million.
- Full Name: Robert Tappan Morris
- Nick Names: RTM
- Known for: Morris Worm, Viaweb, Y Combinator
- Birthday: November 8, 1965
- Age in 2021: 65
- Birth Place: USA
- School: Delbarton School
- College/University: Harvard University, Cornell University
- Education: N/A
- Profession: Computer scientist and entrepreneur.
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity/Race: White
- Religion: Christianity
- Zodiac: N/A
- Net Worth: $2 million
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches
- Weight: 75 kg
- Feet/Shoe Size: N/A
- Dress Size: N/A
- Body Measurement: N/A
- Body Type: Unkown
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Black
- Father: Robert Morris,
- Mother: Anne Farlow Morris
- Sister: Benjamin Morris.
- Brother: Benjamin Morris.
- Wife / Spouse: Unknown
- Girlfriend / Dating / Affairs: N/A
- Children: N/A
Trivia / Facts
- He is best known for creating the Morris worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet.
- Morris was prosecuted for releasing the worm, and became the first person convicted under the then-new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
- In December 1990, he was sentenced to three years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a fine of $10,050 plus the costs of his supervision.
- He is a longtime friend and collaborator of Paul Graham.