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Ronald E. Wyllys was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1930. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Arizona State University in 1950. In 1952, Wyllys began tinkering with computers and quickly became involved with natural-language processing. In 1966 the University Libraries at the University of Wisconsin—Madison created the position of Chief Systems Analyst for him. During his time at the UW—Madison, Wyllys was awarded a fellowship for doctoral studies in the Library and Information Studies department, and in 1974 was awarded with his Ph.D. In 1972, Ronald Wyllys went to the University of Texas at Austin to join the faculty in the School of Information, formally the Graduated School of Library and Information Science. His primary research interests lie in the utilization of computers for handling information and quantitative linguistics. While at The University of Texas, Dr. Wyllys taught a variety of courses including: Database-Management Principles and Applications, Systems Analysis and Evaluation, Concepts of Information Retrieval, and Information Technologies and the Information Profession. Dr. Wyllys severed as the Dean for the School of Information from 1982 to 1990. After 31 years of service, Dr. Wyllys retired from the School of Information in 2003.

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