Gordon Bell

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Gordon BellName: C. Gordon Bell

Born: August 19, 1934

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer engineer, manager, entrepreneur, and investor.
  • Early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) 1960–1966 who designed several of their PDP machines and later became Vice President of Engineering.
  • Oversaw the development of the VAX.

Significant publications

  • Computer Structures: Readings and Examples (1971).
  • Computer Engineering (1978).
  • Computer Structures: Readings and Examples (1982).
  • High Tech Ventures: The Guide for Entrepreneurial Success (1991).
  • How the E-Memory Revolution will Change Everything (2009).
  • Your Life Uploaded: The Digital Way to Better Memory, Health, and Productivity (2010).

Honors and awards

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983).
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994).
  • Association for Computing Machinery (1994).
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering (1977).
  • National Academy of Science (2007).
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2009).


"The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there."

"Microsoft NT...is going to be very far-reaching. It's going to grab the rug out from under Unix."