Butler Lampson

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Butler LampsonName: Butler W. Lampson

Born: December 23, 1943 in Washington, DC

Computer related contributions

  • Computer scientist known for SDS 940 and Xerox Alto, now considered to be the first personal computer.
  • Lampson and others were part of Project GENIE at UC Berkeley, which help developed the Berkeley Timesharing System for Scientific Data Systems' SDS 940 computer.
  • Founding members of Xerox PARC in 1970, where he worked in the Computer Science Laboratory (CSL).
  • Helped work on many technologies, such as laser printer design; two-phase commit protocols; Bravo, the first WYSIWYG text formatting program; Ethernet, the first high-speed local area network (LAN); and designed several influential programming languages such as Euclid.


  • The Road Ahead
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought

Honors and awards

  • A. M. Turing Award (1992)
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize (2004)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum (2006)

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