TitleFuller, Sam (Samuel H.) oral history
|Dennis, Eric, Videographer|
|Fairbairn, Doug, Interviewer|
|Fuller, Samuel H., Interviewee|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionSam Fuller grew up in humble surroundings in the Detroit, MI area. He developed an interest in mechanical devices and eventually electronics while helping his father in his business. From this work, he developed an interest in engineering. He entered the University of Michigan in 1964. In his sophomore year, he took a course in computer programming which eventually steered him towards computer science which became the focus of his career.
Sam graduated at the top of his class and moved west to Stanford University for graduate work. While there, he earned a Hertz Fellowship to support his work through his PhD in Computer Science. After graduating, he was recruited to come to CMU by Gordon Bell, where Sam worked on multiprocessor computer systems.
From there he was recruited to come to DEC, where he initially worked on the VAX architecture, helping to assure software compatibility among all VAX machines. Eventually he ran all of DECs long-term research groups around the world. As DEC fell apart in the 1990’s, Sam made the move to Analog Devices, Inc. where he became VP of R&D and Chief Technical Officer.