Ben Gurley

IRL Name: 
Ben Gurley

Ben Gurley was born on December 23, 1926 at Pipestone, MN. He was the lead designer of the PDP-1 computer system. He designed nearly the entire system himself in three-and-a-half months, making liberal use of DEC's existing system building block product line. In addition to logic and computer design, he specialized in complex analog circuitry, including the circuits for core memories and displays. These displays (including high precision and color point plotting) were pivotal to DEC's success, and many of the display circuits that he designed remained unchanged until the 1970s.


He died on 1963 at the hands of a deranged former DEC employee.