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John Aker [1]

John L. Aker,
an American electrical engineer and consultant affiliated with Applied Concepts. Along with Applied Concepts CEO Alan Mead and others, he holds various patents [2] [3] concerning Doppler complex FFT police radar, which is now the primary business of Applied Concepts [4]. In the '80s, Aker started programming chess, to continue the work on Boris 2.5 based on Sargon 2.5 by Kathe and Dan Spracklen. The intermediate Boris Experimental (Boris X), runner up of the WMCCC 1980, and forerunner of the Morphy program was denied to participate at the ACM 1980 after a protest filed by Kathe Spracklen causing a controversy [5]


John Aker is designer of the Modular Game System aka the Great Game Machine, as well author and co-author of various dedicated chess computers and modules for these systems. He worked along with David Slate, Larry Atkin, Alan Mead, Terry Fredrick, and John Jacobs [6] on the Boris X and Morphy program, and the Destiny Prodigy [7] [8].


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