BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Martin Edward Hopkins, one of the original inventors of the first reduced instruction set computer, died of complications of Parkinson's disease on Wednesday, June 3, at his home in Bronxville. He was 81 years old.
Hopkins served as corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a degree in philosophy. An IBM Fellow, Hopkins first learned about programming computers when they filled an entire room.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Camille Hopkins (nee Rizzo); his children, Ellen Hopkins, Andrew Hopkins, Katherine Hopkins and Sarah Hopkins; his sons-in-law, Tom Phillips and Anirudh Bansal; his brother, John Hopkins and sister-in-law Linda Hopkins; his brothers-in-law, Francis Rizzo and Gene Rizzo; and grandchildren, Luke Phillips, Amelia Phillips, Nicola Phillips, Nolan Bansal, Jonah Bansal, Ryder Delgado, Max Bansal and Elsa Hopkins.
He was predeceased by a grandson, William Hopkins.
Calling hours are Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fred H. McGrath and Son, Funeral Home in Bronxville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jansen Hospice, jansenhospice.org, or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org.
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