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Victor (Vic) Laurie is a retired Princeton University professor of chemistry. He received a BS in mathematics and chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University. He was a member of the Stanford University chemistry faculty before moving to Princeton. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has received a number of honors, including fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim Foundations.

In his retirement, he is involved in a number of computer activities that continue a connection with computers that began in 1956, when he programmed part of his Harvard PhD research on the Univac I. He has been using computers for various purposes ever since. He has written numerous articles for computer newsletters and often gives public lectures on home computing subjects. He has also been involved with various activities involving computer education for seniors.

He writes a column on technology tips at He also maintains several web sites where he writes articles on computer subjects. They are: