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Personal computer pioneer Goldman dies

Dec. 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM   |   Comments

WESTPORT, Conn., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Physicist Jacob "Jack" Goldman, the founder of Xerox's fabled PARC research center in Palo Alto, Calif., has died at the age of 90, his family said.

Goldman, Xerox's longtime chief scientist, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at his home in Westport, Conn., his son Melvin told The New York Times.

While serving as chief technical officer and senior vice president for research and development at Xerox, Goldman created the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

Researchers at the famous facility developed the laser printer, the graphical user interface for computers, Ethernet, and other technological breakthroughs vital to personal computing, as well as arguably inventing the PC itself, PCMag.com reported.

Goldman, born in Brooklyn on July 18, 1921, was on the physics faculty at the Carnegie Institute of Technology -- now Carnegie Mellon University -- was a visiting professor at MIT in 1959 and worked at the Ford Motor Co. as director of the automaker's Scientific Research Laboratory before joining Xerox in 1968.

In his retirement Goldman took on various advisory positions with government and business and served on the board of a numbers of companies, including Xerox.

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