Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Name: Ken Olsen
Born: February 20, 1926, in Bridgeport, Connecticut USA
Death: February 6, 2011 (Age: 84)
- American engineer, inventor, founder, and former CEO of DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), a company that created one of the first digital computers for commercial use.
- Issued U.S. patent #3,161,861 for Magnetic core memory on December 15, 1964.
- During his studies at MIT, Olsen was recruited by the Navy to help build a computerized flight simulator.
- While at MIT he directed the building of the first transistorized research computer.
- Olsen was an engineer who had been working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the TX-2 project.
Honors and awards
- Listed at #6 on the MIT150 list of the top 150 innovators and ideas (2011).
- Inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum (1996).
- Received the IEEE Engineering Leadership Recognition Award (1986).
- Named "America's most successful entrepreneur" by Fortune Magazine (1986).
- Awarded the Vermilye Medal (1980).
"Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware."
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."