K. N. King
Associate Professor Emeritus

Department of Computer Science
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 413-5727
Fax: (404) 413-5717
E-mail: knking (at) gsu.edu

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, the home of Ohio State University. I attended Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 1975. After a brief stint at Yale (M.S. in Computer Science, 1976), I spent four years at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1980.

One of my interests is radio broadcasting. I am a volunteer for the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS), a service for the blind and print-handicapped. I also do a little acting for film and TV. One of my projects was the commercial for EverSet carpet protection. The EverSet brochure can be found here. I can be seen in several recent films that are out on DVD: "Madea's Family Reunion" (in the boardroom scene), "ATL" (walking into the private school), and "Stomp the Yard" (in the restaurant scene at the City Grill). Recent projects include "Madea's Big Happy Family" (2011) and "If I Am Your Mirror" (2012), a short film by Garrett DeHart. I can also been seen in the documentary about the making of "If I Am Your Mirror."

I'm an advisor for the GSU chapter of the ACM.

You can find my "off-campus" Web site at knking.com. This site supports my books and short courses. I have two books currently in print: C Programming: A Modern Approach and Java Programming: From the Beginning. The second edition of C Programming: A Modern Approach was published in April 2008.

I am a distant cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and poet Robert Frost. We are all descendants of Thomas Philbrick, who came to the U.S. from England in the 1630s. He testified in a witchcraft trial in 1656.

I have an Erdos number of 4 and a Bacon number of 3, giving me an Erdos-Bacon number of 7.

My wife, Susan Cole, is a GSU graduate who currently works as a Java architect.


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