In this interview, Harlan Anderson, one of the co-founders of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) reflects on his life and career. He discusses his early experiences working at MIT’s Lincoln Lab with Ken Olsen on the Memory Test Computer and the SAGE system. He reviews the founding of DEC and the environment that led to the development of the PDP-1 at the end of 1959, and reflects on DEC’s corporate culture, and life after DEC.
Anderson, Harlan E., Interviewee
Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Mountain View, California
Anderson, Harlan; Ordinance Vacuum Tube (ORDVAC); Lincoln Laboratory—Massachusetts.; Olsen, Ken; Memory Test Computer; Clark, Wes; SAGE (Air defense system); Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); System modules; Olsen, Stanley; Gurley, Ben; Best, Dick; Memory Testers; PDP-1 (Computer); Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN); DECUS; Bell, Gordon; Kotok, Alan; Forrester, Jay