Artifact Details

Title

Astrin, Art (Arthur) oral history

Catalog Number

102737981

Type

Text

Date

2015-10-02

Contributor

Astrin, Arthur, Interviewee
Braught, David, Videographer
Redelfs, Rich, Interviewer
Weber, Marc, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

46 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Art Astrin, Supreme Commander of Wireless Engineering for Apple Computer, was hired directly by Steve Jobs to develop Wi-Fi connected computing in the Apple product line. In this Computer History Museum oral history, Marc Weber and Rich Redelfs interview Art, starting with his childhood in Poland, where as a teenager he built radios from discarded components to listen to Elvis Presley on Voice of America. Art’s fondness for Elvis changed his life when the music was banned by the Russians who controlled Poland at the time, leading to Art’s arrest. This set Art on a life course to the US, steeped in mathematics and RF engineering, including working for Grace Hopper on sonar technology for the Navy and helping turn around Memorex, all before his famous role in making Wi-Fi the tremendous success that it became.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Apple; Airport (product); Wi-Fi; radio; IEEE 802.11; Poland; Russia; Presley, Elvis; UCSD; UCLA; Navy; submarine; Hopper, Grace; UNIVAC; Memorex Corporation; ROLM Corporation; IBM; PBX; Lucent; Wavelan; Links, Cees; Ive, Jony; Broadcom; Atheros; Cambridge Silicon Radio; body area networks; Olympic

Collection Title

CHM Oral History Collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7613.2016

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102737980 Astrin, Art (Arthur) oral history