Gene Amdahl

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Gene Amdahl
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Gene Amdahl addressing a UW–Madison Alumni gathering, March 13, 2008
Born(1922-11-16)November 16, 1922
DiedNovember 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 92)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUSA
Alma materSouth Dakota State University (B.S., 1948)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.S.; Ph.D., 1952)
Known forfounding Amdahl Corporation; formulating Amdahl's law; IBM 360, 704
AwardsNational Academy of Engineering (1967)
Computer History Museum Fellow (1998) [1]
Scientific career
FieldsEntrepreneur
Computer science
Institutionsdegrees in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin.
ThesisThe Logical Design of an Intermediate Speed Digital Computer (1953)
Doctoral advisorRobert G. Sachs[2][3][4]

Gene Myron Amdahl (November 16, 1922 – November 10, 2015) was an American computer architect and high-tech entrepreneur. He was known for his work on mainframe computers at IBM alongside Fred Brooks and Gerrit Blaauw and later his own companies, especially Amdahl Corporation. He formulated Amdahl's law, which states a fundamental limitation of parallel computing.

In 1998, he was made a Fellow [5] of the Computer History Museum "for his fundamental work in computer architecture and design, project management, and leadership."

Amdahl died of pneumonia after suffering from Alzheimer's disease during the last years of his life in Palo Alto, California, aged 92.

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  1. Gene Amdahl 1998 Fellow
  2. Amdahl, Gene M.. Interview with Arthur L. Norberg. Oral history interview with Gene M. Amdahl. Charles Babbage Institute. 1989. Assessed on 2016-12-29.
  3. Amdahl, Gene M.. Interview with William Aspray. Amdahl, Gene oral history. Computer History Museum. 2000-09-24. Assessed on 2016-11-15.
  4. Anderson, William S. (2007). "An Interview with Gene M. Amdahl". IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Newsletter 12 (3): 10–16. doi:10.1109/N-SSC.2007.4785613. ISSN 1098-4232. 
  5. CHM. "Gene Amdahl— CHM Fellow Award Winner". Retrieved March 27, 2015.[1]

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