Wallace taught mathematics at junior-high and high-school
levels, and computer-science and statistics at university level,
before settling into a career as a software engineer, during which
he has usually managed to remain close to children and to education
even though working primarily in industry.
Scott developed early highly-interactive instructional authoring
and delivery systems while at Hewlett-Packard in the 1970's. He
later served on the faculty of the University of Nairobi, Kenya,
and worked for the Kenya government's Central Bureau of Statistics
and for the International Statistical Institute in London.
He was at Apple Computer for fifteen years, working during the
early years on the "Lisa" project, (a precursor to the
Macintosh,) and on "MacApp," (the first object-oriented
application development framework.) He later served as lead engineer
for Dan Ingalls's "Fabrik" system (a visual programming
language,) after which he joined Alan Kay's "Vivarium"
group in 1989, where he developed a series of experimental interactive
systems aimed at children and other novices, including several
versions of the "Playground" language.
Scott received his BS in Mathematics and his MS in Computer
Science, both from Stanford. He lives in Palo Alto, California,
with his wife and two daughters.
Scott retired from Viewpoints on July 31, 2012, however he plans to remain an active member of our volunteer open source community.