Philip Don Estridge

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Birthday
23, 1937
Birthplace
Jacksonville, FL
Death Date
Aug 2, 1985 (48)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
23, 1937
Birthplace
Jacksonville, FL
Death Date
Aug 2, 1985 (48)

About

Father of the IBM PC who broke tradition by using outside hardware manufacturers and allowing users to write programs themselves.

Before Fame

He studied electrical engineering at the University of Florida and developed radar systems for the Army.

Trivia

His inventions didn't all gain traction. For example, the IBM PCjr, the first attempt at a personal computer, was called one of the biggest flops in the history of computing.

Family Life

He and his wife were both killed when the Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashed on approach to Dallas during a thunderstorm.

Associated With

He and Thomas J. Watson, the one-time CEO of IBM, both helped the company to become a personal-computing giant.