obituaries

  • Ray Dolby, Father Of Modern Noise Reduction, Dead At 80

    Ray Dolby, Father Of Modern Noise Reduction, Dead At 80

    Ray Dolby, creator of the Dolby noise-reduction system that revolutionized recording, died on September 12, 2013. He suffered from Alzheimer’s and died of leukemia in his San Francisco home. He was 80 years old. Dolby’s creation, released in 1966, produced a cleaner, crisper sound for recording studios and record labels and considerably reduced the hiss or hum associated with… Read More

  • Bill Moggridge, Designer Of The First Laptop And Co-Founder Of IDEO Is Dead At 69

    Bill Moggridge, Designer Of The First Laptop And Co-Founder Of IDEO Is Dead At 69

    Bill Moggridge, noted consumer electronics designer, died on September 8th, 2012 of cancer. He was 69. Wizards like Bill Moggridge stayed up late to build our future. As the co-founder of vaunted design firm IDEO, Moggridge designed some of the primary tools of the digital age including the first real laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. Read More

  • Jack Tramiel, Founder Of Commodore International, Dies At 83

    Jack Tramiel, Founder Of Commodore International, Dies At 83

    Jack Tramiel, one of the PC industry’s major pioneers, has died. He was born in 1928 and, after surviving imprisonment in Auschwitz and another concentration camp during World War II, first established the Commodore name in business in 1953. His most successful endeavor, and one of the most successful in the history of computing, was the legendary Commodore 64, one of the very first… Read More

  • Ned Strongin, Co-Inventor Of Connect 4, Dead At 92

    Ned Strongin, Co-Inventor Of Connect 4, Dead At 92

    Ned Strongin, co-inventor of Connect 4, passed away on April 9 of this year. He also invented Weebles, the little toys that wobble but don’t fall down. Strongin was 92. Read More

  • Tech world mourns the loss of Jerome York

    Tech world mourns the loss of Jerome York

    Jerome York – Jerry to the folks at Apple – joined the Apple board in 1997, the board that voted Steve Jobs back into the CEO position after a decade in the wilderness. York died of an aneurysm. Apple dedicated their entire front page to his memory: Jerry joined Apple’s Board in 1997 when most doubted the company’s future. He has been a pillar of financial and… Read More

  • Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon CS professor, dead at 47

    Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon CS professor, dead at 47

    Noted Computer Science professor Randy Pausch passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch was a founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and worked on the Alice program, an animated educational system for high school and college students. It’s not difficult to find educators in CS who are as personable as Dr. Pausch was but… Read More

  • Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon CS professor, Dead at 47

    Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon CS professor, Dead at 47

    Noted Computer Science professor Randy Pausch passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch was a founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and worked on the Alice program, an animated educational system for high school and college students. It’s not difficult to find educators in CS who are as personable as Dr. Pausch was but… Read More

  • Chuck Maddox, watch guru, dead

    Chuck Maddox, watch guru, dead


    Watch Blogger and horology genius died on May 12. His insight and research into everything from Omegas to mainsprings made him one of the most important names in this business. I’ve had limited interaction with him over the years but the exchanges I’ve had were quite cordial and he was always helpful. Read More