Gene Amdahl

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Birthday
16, 1922
Birthplace
South Dakota
Death Date
Nov 10, 2015 (92)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
16, 1922
Birthplace
South Dakota
Death Date
Nov 10, 2015 (92)

About

Famous for formulating a computer science concept known as Amdahl's Law and for establishing a major IT company called the Amdahl Corporation, Amdahl is also notable for his work with IBM.

Before Fame

After serving in the United States Navy during the World War II years, he earned a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and went on to complete a theoretical physics doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trivia

He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and named an IBM Fellow in the late 1960s. Over a decade later, he received the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious Harry H. Goode Memorial Award.

Family Life

A native of Flandreau, South Dakota, he grew up in a family of Scandinavian descent. He and his wife, Marian, later visited his Norwegian ancestors' homeland.

Associated With

He and Grace Hopper were among the earliest American computer scientists.