Peter Norton

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Peter Norton

Name: Peter Norton

Born: November 14, 1943, in Aberdeen, Washington, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist.
  • Known for the computer programs and books that bear his name. Norton sold his PC software business to Symantec Corporation in 1990.
  • In 1982, he founded Peter Norton Computing with $30,000 and an IBM computer. Norton Utilities included Norton's popular UNERASE tool to retrieve erased data from DOS disks.
  • He began writing monthly columns in 1982 for PC Magazine and later PC Week magazine as well, which he wrote until 1987. He soon became recognized as a principal authority on IBM personal computer technology.

Significant publications

  • Peter Norton's Intro to Computers 6/e (2004).
  • Peter Norton's New Inside the PC (2002).
  • Peter Norton's Complete Guide to DOS 6.22 (1994).
  • The Peter Norton Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC (1985).

Honors and awards

  • Named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Arthur Young & Co (1988).