Obituary - Beryl Nelson

I first met Beryl Nelson in high school. Our first discussion covered lisp, math, biology and her insights on education. Beryl was instrumental in my decision to study CS and mathematics in college.

Over the years, Beryl’s immense contributions to CS and CS outreach have had massive impact on hundreds of people directly (and several millions through her work at Google). She led teams in the early years at Google Hyderabad, spoke at several ACM Grace Hopper events and did amazing work steering hundreds of high-schoolers like me towards productive careers in computing.

Here’s a detailed bio and interview - Beryl Nelson.


Earlier this month, my paternal grandfather passed away. I didn’t speak to him before his death since I expected him to recover from his current bout of ill-health and I have since carried some guilt thanks to this.

I think this excerpt from a Pink Floyd song best summarizes his life:

Run, run rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don’t sit down, it’s time to dig another one

-- [Breathe, Pink Floyd](


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