Jerry Burchfiel grew up in Oklahoma and then attended MIT for 8 years, obtaining 3 degrees. While at MIT, he worked part time at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He next went to work at BBN where he had an office next door to Bob Kahn in the early ARPANET days, and where he worked with Ray Tomlinson and Dan Murphy to design and implement the TENEX operating system. Over time he came to manage a number of projects involving packet switching and applications of networking. He was an Internet and time-sharing system pioneer. At the time this interview was done, he had been at BBN for 41 years.
Burchfiel, Jerry, Interviewee
Weber, Marc, Interviewer
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Burchfiel, Jerry; MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN); TENEX; packet-radio; BCR; Hermes email system; SIMNET