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Larry Yaeger WWNC 2006

Yaeger at the 2006 Worldwide Newton Conference.

Larry Steven Yaeger (born 1950) is a retired engineer who was a distinguished scientist at Apple Computer.[1]


Yaeger received a BS in aerospace engineering from Purdue University in 1972 and a MS in aerospace engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in 1974.[1]


Larry Yaeger TLS

Yaeger discusses the making of The Last Starfighter.

Yaeger joined Digital Productions in 1982 where he became the director of software development.[1] He used a Cray X-MP supercomputer to produce special effects for the films The Last Starfighter and 2010: The Year We Make Contact, both released in 1984.[2] He also collaborated with Bill Kroyer on the computer-generated opening sequence of Labyrinth, which was released in 1986.[3]

Apple Computer[]

Yaeger joined Apple Computer in 1987 and became a member of Apple Research Laboratories.[1][4] He worked on implementing the print handwriting recognition of Newton OS 2.0, and later ported the technology as "Inkwell" for use in Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3.[5]

After Apple[]

Yaeger became a professor of informatics at Indiana University Bloomington in August 2004 and left Apple in February 2006. He developed the computational ecology Polyworld to explore concepts of artificial life. In September 2012, Yaeger joined Google as a software engineer. He retired in Bloomington, Indiana in August 2018.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Larry Yaeger, LinkedIn. Accessed 2021-02-26.
  2. Larry Yaeger, The History of Computer Graphics. Accessed 2021-03-01.
  3. Labyrinth: The 25 Biggest Behind The Scenes Secrets by Sarah Lapointe, Comic Book Resources. 2018-04-27.
  4. Employee Home Pages, Apple Research Laboratories. Archived 1997-01-04.
  5. Handwriting Recognition Technology in the Newton's Second Generation "Print Recognizer" (The One That Worked) (PDF), by Larry Yaeger, World Wide Newton Conference, September 4–5, 2004.
  6. Polyworld: An Artificial Life System and Computational Ecology by Larry Yaeger, ShinyVerse. Accessed 2021-03-01.

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