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Dr. Herbert Freeman (December 13, 1925 - November 15, 2020) was a computer scientist who made important contributions to the field of automatic label placement, computer graphics, including spatial anti-aliasing, and machine vision.
Herbert Freeman was born Herbert Freimann in Frankfurt, Germany on December 13, 1925. Freeman's parents, Leo and Johanna, and his brother, Henry, emigrated to the United States in 1936. Herbert was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and was unable to join his family in the United States until 1938. He married Joan Sleppin in 1955 and they had three children, Nancy, Susan, and Robert. Freeman passed away on November 15, 2020.
Career in Computer Science
Freeman held many professorial posts such as in RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), NYU, and Rutgers University. Freeman was the recipient of several awards, including the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer award (1999). Freeman was also a Fellow of the ACM, a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Freeman was also the founder of MapText, Inc.
- Dr. Freeman's homepage at Rutgers University
- Dr. Freeman's White Paper on Automated Cartographic Text Placement
- Guide to the Herbert Freeman Family Collection, Leo Baeck Institute, New York, NY.
- Freeman's memoir Cobblestones.