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Biographies: Obituary -- Bernard M. Oliver Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129923D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
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Biographies: Obituary -- Bernard M. Oliver

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Biographies: Obituary -- Bernard M. Oliver

Bernard M. Oliver, 79, designer of the hand-held calculator died November 23, 1995 in Los Altos Hills, Calif. of heart failure.

Educated at Stanford and Caltech. Oliver joined Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York in 1940, initially working on developing quality television systems before turning to radar during World War 11.

In 1952, he joined fellow Stanford alumnus William Hewlett and David Packard at their Palo Alto electronics company as director of research. He became a vice president and joined the Hewlett-Packard board five years later. Over four decades, Oliver garnered 50 patents for technological inventions but was best known for designing the hand-held calculator. The company introduced it to the public in the early 1970s, and the Jesigl1 later earned Oliver the National Medal of Science.

In recent years, Oliver devoted himself to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence by use of radio telescopes at NASA's Ames Research Center and later at the private SETI Institute in Mountain View. In Palo Alto, Oliver served on the school board and was a major supporter of the Los Altos Repertory Co.

IEEE Computer Society, Apr 30, 1996 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 18 Number 1, Page 68