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 six great grandchildren so far, being various combinations
of Eurasian, Yupick Eskimo, Filipino, WestAfrican and Puerto Rican.
The importance of
Wilhelm Ernst migrated from Southwest 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.
1988-present Senior Research Computer Scientist Emeritus, Stanford
1985-88 Associate Chair, Computer
Science Dept., Stanford University
1966-80,’85 -88 Lecturer in Computer Science, Stanford
1965-80 Executive officer, Stanford
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
1960 MS in EE, MIT
1956-57 Staff Member, MIT
1953 BS in EE, Caltech
1991-present Chairman, Board of Directors, GeoGroup Inc., Menlo Park, CA
1980-85 Founding President and Director,
Imagen Corp., Santa Clara, CA
Head, Mitre Corp., Bedford, MA & Arlington, VA
1994-present Member, ASTM
Standards Committee (Headgear)
1964-present Member (now Life), IEEE
1955-present Member, ACM
1991-93: Member, Organizing and Advisory
Committees of first three Conferences on Computers, Freedom and
1988-96 Member, American
National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Z90 Standards Committee (Helmets)
1980 Treasurer, First National Conference of American
Association for Artificial Intelligence
1974-76 Chairman, ACM
Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART)
1973-77 Local Arrangements Chair and
Secretary-Treasurer, International Joint Conferences on
1960-80 Member, Sigma
ROUT, the first search engine, 1961.
First spelling checker, 1961. First successful cursive
handwriting recognizer, 1962.
Hand-eye robot: initiated experimental system using
computer vision to control a mechanical arm, 1966-68.
Autonomous road vehicle: initiated creation of vehicle with TV camera for visual guidance, 1966-69.
Computer networking: member of ARPAnet startup committee, 1967-68.
Created Finger, the first social networking program, which also allowed
individuals to post what are now called blogs, 1975.
First computer-controlled vending
machine, called the
Prancing Pony, which sold on credit and offered buyers “Double or nothing”,
Modernized bicycle racing rules of U.S. Cycling Federation, 1978-99,
and FIAC, 1999-present.
First desktop publishing system using
founded IMAGEN Corp., 1981.
Bicycle racing drug control: wrote first regulations for USCF,
Bicycle racing helmets: introduced USCF strong helmet rule that has since saved many lives, 1985.
Modular software distribution: invented cryptographic scheme, U.S.
Patent 4,888,798, 1989.
First roller skating helmet standards: ASTM standards, 1996, 1997, 2002.
Married to former high school classmate
Marian Lofgren, PhD.
1953-56 U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Officer
& Digital Computer Project Officer, Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville, PA.
1982-present Consultant and expert witness on the
history of computer technology and bicycle racing rules.
Bicycle Racing Journal
1933-present Avid cyclist.
1973-2000 Licensed racer.
1999-2015 Founding member of the
Federation of Independent Associations for Cycling (FIAC). 2004-2015 Executive
Director of FIAC.
1995-96 Founding Director and Secretary of USA
1987-99 Director of
U.S. Cycling Federation (USCF)
1984-99 UCI National Commissaire (bike race
1984 Director of the Road, Olympic Games, Los Angeles
1980-85 Delegate to U.S.
Olympic Committee from
1979-99 Director and sometimes officer of U.S. Cycling Federation
1973-present Bicycle race official for local,
national and international events
1950-52 Caltech football offensive tackle &
defensive guard (All Conference, 1951)
1947 & 1949 Cross-country runner in
High School, San
Diego, CA, & college
1946-49 Basketball manager in high
school, Louisville, KY
Appear as 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
2008-2011 History Committee
2003-2006 Pathways Map Committee
1998-2000 Member & Chair, Santa Clara
County/VTA Bicycle Advisory Committee
1997-99 Member, Santa Clara County
Interjurisdictional Trails Committee
1993-99 Member & Chair, Pathways Committee
1986-97 Director & Chair, Mid-peninsula
Chapter of ACLU