This Day in History: August 19

Today: October 18, 2017
Computer Pioneer Gordon Bell Born
Bell and Kotok with DEC PDP-6

August 19, 1934

Computer Pioneer Gordon Bell Born

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) innovator Gordon Bell is born. In his 23 years at DEC, Bell developed several of the company's most successful minicomputers as well as its well-known VAX machine.

One the world's top computer architects, Bell is considered by many to be the father of the minicomputer and is also an authority on supercomputing. The author of several books, Bell's awards include the National Medal of Technology and the IEEE Von Neumann Medal.

Gordon and Gwen Bell are co-founders of The Computer History Museum.