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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.

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.

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.

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

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