Artifact Details

Title

Dee Richard oral history

Catalog Number

102740235

Type

Text

Date

2017-10-09

Contributor

Dee, Richard, Interviewee
Gardner, Tom, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Superior, CO

Extent

54 p.

Format

PDF

Description

This is one in a series of oral histories taken by the Computer History Museum’s Storage SIG on the history of magnetic tape recording.

Today’s session focuses on the career of Dr. Richard Dee, PhD, a physicist originally active in superconductivity who joined Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek, STK) in 1982 to work on magnetoresistive (MR) heads for STK’s future tape drives. He was a key technical contributor to the development of STK’s 18 track MR head compatible to and in some ways superior to the MR heads of IBMs 3480 tape drive; it shipped in 1985 in the STK 4480 tape drive. Dee continued at STK until 2008 working on multi-element heads for a variety of STK tape drives including what is likely the first terabyte tape drives, the STK T10000, Dee left STK in 2008 to joined Quantum as a tape technologist where he contributed to tape drive design and standards promulgated by the LTO Consortium.

Dee currently assists in physics labs at the University of Colorado and occasionally consults in the storage industry.

Category

Transcription

Collection Title

CHM Oral History Collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8363.2018

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