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Robert Taylor

Born 1932 in Texas. Only child of a Methodist minister.

1961 joined NASA as a manager of digital research.

1965 Took over IPTO at ARPA from Ivan Sutherland (was associate director under Sutherland previously).

1969 Took a job at University of Utah.

1970
Hired by George Pake to set up one of three laboratories at Xerox PARC, the Comp[uter Systems Laboratory. Taylor's organisation is the model for many future technology-based start-ups.

1984
Along with Butler Lampson and Chuck Thacker he receives the 1984 Software System Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, for the invention of personal distributed computing.

19/9/83
Leaves PARC and is asked to set up a computer research centre by Digital Equipment Corporation in Palo Alto.


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