Fr. Busa, RIP

August 12, 2011

For most of us who study St. Thomas, the inestimable good rendered by the Index Thomisticus is indisputable. Although the web version is less than 10 years old, Fr. Roberto Busa S.J.’s endeavor began in the early fifties, when he solicited the know-how of IBM to yield a virtually exhausitve word and phrase search from all of St. Thomas’s texts!

Having entered the Society in 1933 and been ordained a priest in 1940, Fr. Busa passed away on Tuesday 9 August.

To read more generally about Fr. Busa’s pioneering work in computer language and analytics, see Vatican Insider.

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