Les is more
A web search shows about fifty Les Earnests in world
history. Ten are Lesters, including my late father
and me, and the rest are Leslies or similar, some male and some female.
Happily there have been no More Earnests. Marian’s and my merged family has
five children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren so far, being
various combinations of European, Yup’ik Eskimo, Filipino, African and Puerto
The importance of being Earnest
great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather John Wilhelm Ernst migrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. About a century later his
Pennsylvania Dutch descendants changed the family name to Earnest. Like
everyone of Eurasian descent I’m part Neanderthal—2.6% according to my DNA profile—which perhaps helps explain my attitude.
Senior Research Computer Scientist Emeritus, Stanford University
Associate Chair, Computer
Science Dept., Stanford University
-88 Lecturer in Computer Science, Stanford University
Executive officer, Stanford Artificial
MS in EE, MIT
Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
BS in EE, Caltech
Chairman, Board of Directors, GeoGroup Inc., Menlo
Founding President and Director, Imagen Corp., Santa Clara, CA
Subdepartment Head, Mitre Corp., Bedford, MA & Arlington, VA
Member, ASTM International F08.53
Standards Committee (Headgear)
Member (now Life), IEEE
Member, Organizing and Advisory Committees of first three Conferences on Computers, Freedom and Privacy
Member, American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) Z90 Standards Committee (Helmets)
Treasurer, First National Conference of American Association for Artificial
Chairman, ACM Special Interest Group
on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART)
Local Arrangements Chair and Secretary-Treasurer, International Joint Conferences on Artificial
Member, Sigma Xi
ROUT, the first search
checker, 1961. First successful
cursive handwriting recognizer, 1962.
robot: initiated experimental system using computer vision to control a
mechanical arm, 1966-68.
road vehicle: initiated creation of vehicle with TV camera
for visual guidance, 1966-69.
networking: member of ARPAnet startup
the first social networking program, which also allowed individuals to
post what are now called blogs, 1975.
computer-controlled vending machine, called the Prancing Pony, which sold
on credit and offered buyers “Double or nothing”, 1973.
bicycle racing rules of U.S. Cycling Federation, 1978-99, and FIAC, 1999-present.
desktop publishing system using laser printers: founded IMAGEN Corp.,
racing drug control: wrote first regulations for USCF, 1984.
racing helmets: introduced USCF strong helmet
rule that has since saved many lives, 1985.
software distribution: invented cryptographic scheme, U.S. Patent
roller skating helmet standards: ASTM
standards, 1996, 1997,
former high school classmate Marian Lofgren,
U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Officer & Digital Computer Project
Officer, Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville,
Consultant and expert witness on the history of computer technology and
bicycle racing rules.
Bicycle Racing Journal
Executive Director, Federation of Independent
Associations for Cycling (FIAC)
Avid cyclist, 1973-2000 Licensed racer.
Founding member, Director of FIAC
Founding Director and Secretary of USA
UCI National Commissaire (bike race
Director of the Road, Olympic Games,
Delegate to U.S. Olympic Committee from
Director and sometimes officer of U.S. Cycling Federation
Bicycle race official for local, national and international events
1950-52 Caltech football offensive
tackle & defensive guard (All Conference, 1951)
1949 Cross-country runner in Hoover
High School, San Diego, CA,
Basketball manager in high school,
a bike race official in American
Flyers (1985), co-starring with Kevin Costner for 2.3 seconds.
Mostly in the Town of Los Altos Hills, CA
Traffic Safety Committee
Pathways Map Committee
Member & Chair, Santa Clara County/VTA
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Member, Santa Clara County Interjurisdictional
Member & Chair, Pathways
Director & Chair, Mid-peninsula
Chapter of ACLU