Robert Taylor

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Robert TaylorName: Robert W. Taylor

Born: 1932 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Death: April 13, 2017 (Age: 85)

Computer-related contributions

  • Internet Pioneer and director of ARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office from 1965 through 1969.
  • Founder and manager of Xerox PARC's Computer Science Laboratory from 1970 through 1983.
  • Founder and manager of Digital Equipment Corporation's Systems Research Center until 1996.

Honors and awards

  • The Computer History Museum named him a Museum Fellow (2013).
  • National Academy of Engineering Draper Prize (2004).
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1999).
  • ACM Software Systems Award (1984).


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