Jerry Snyder trained in electronics in the US Navy during WWII and found a rewarding career designing small computer systems for the next four decades. Most of Snyder’s employment was with companies serving the US military and defense establishment. His first position was with Northrop, working on the Snark missile program, on that system’s guidance mechanisms. He then worked designing mostly special-purpose computers for a succession of companies including ALWAC, Ramo-Woolridge, RCA, Lockheed and Litton and Teledyne. He offers a perspective on the changes in component technologies and systems over his long career.
IBM CPC (Card Programmed Calculator); Northrop; US Navy; SNARK; UCLA; SWAC; ALWAC; MAC 16 (Computer); Ramo-Wooldridge; US Air Force; RCA; Litton; Phoenix; F-111; SUE; DEC PDP-11; Teledyne