Artifact Details

Title

Amdahl, Gene oral history

Catalog Number

102702492

Type

Text

Date

2000-09-24

Contributor

Amdahl, Gene M., Interviewee
Aspray, William, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

San Jose, California

Extent

40 p.

Description

During the 1960s, Gene Amdahl was Director of IBM's Advanced Computing Systems Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, where he led the design of the IBM System/360 family of computer systems, working with project manager Fred Brooks, Jr.

In 1970, he left IBM to found the Amdahl Corporation, a maker of IBM Plug-Compatible Mainframes (PCMs) where he remained until 1980. He has also served as Chairman of Trilogy Systems, which developed high-performance computer systems based on wafer-scale integration technology.

Amdahl has won many awards, including the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award (1987) and the IEEE Computer Entrepreneur Award (1989). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the IEEE and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (1979). He received a B.S.E.P degree from South Dakota State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin.

For further reading:

"Gene Amdahl Takes Aim at IBM," Fortune, Sept. 1977, p. 106ff.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Amdahl Corporation; Amdahl, Gene

Collection Title

Oral histories online

Lot Number

X5988.2011