Franklin D. Ceruti

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Frank Ceruti [1]

Franklin D. Ceruti,
an American electrical engineer, computer scientist, software and network consultant, owner of FranCer Enterprises [2], and as chess programmer, along with Rolf C. Smith, co-author of the early mainframe chess program Schach.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY [3], after spending some time at Brooklyn College and New York University, Franklin D. Ceruti graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and then entered the Air Force Officer Training School, where he was commissioned, and became a computer professional. At the Air Force, he attended Texas A&M University in residence, and in 1968 received a Master degree in CS on the topic of computer chess under advisor Dan D. Drew. After a 20 year military career, he served as a contract administrator, systems engineer, systems designer, software developer, software project manager, and manager of project managers. Franklin D. Ceruti is dedicated life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity [4] and is a past president of their Scholarship Foundation [5] [6].


see main article Schach

Along with Rolf C. Smith, Franklin D. Ceruti wrote the chess program Schach, which competed at the first three ACM North American Computer Chess Championships, the ACM 1970, ACM 1971 and the ACM 1972. Already written in 1968 as part of the requirements for his degree in CS at Texas A&M University, its development continued by Captain Franklin D. Ceruti and Captain Rolf C. Smith, during the time of the Vietnam War in South Vietnam and Thailand, as mentioned by Smith in the ACM 1971 panel session [7].

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