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Willis Ware, Pioneering Computer-Age Engineer Dies

He foresaw the rise of personal information stored by computer data banks in the information age.

Willis Howard Ware, an electrical engineer who foresaw the rise of personal computers and personal privacy in the information age, died on Nov. 22 in Santa Monica. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by family members, the New York Times reports.

"The central issue is that for various reasons there is more and more information about people floating around in data banks," Waresaid in a 1972 Los Angeles Times interview. "The computer is beginning to make it possible to find out more about you in fewer places."

He was an engineer at Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation for 55 years.

Ware is survived by two daughters, Alison Ware and Deborah Pinson; a son, David; and two granddaughters, a great-grandson.


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