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Digital Equipment Corporation - First Board of Directors


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Digital Equipment Corporation - First Board of Directors


A photo of the first Board of Directors of Digital Equipment Corporation.

(L-R): Henry Hoagland, Jack Barnard, Jay Forrester, William Congleton, Harlan Anderson, Ken Olsen, Dorothy Rowe, Vernon Alden, Arnaud de Vitry, and Wayne Brobeck

Ken Olsen and Harlan Anderson co-founded the company. Both were engineers at Lincoln Labs, MIT.

Henry Hoagland, Dorothy Rowe, William Congleton, and Wayne Brubeck were representatives from American Research and Development Corporation (ARD), one of the first public venture capital firms (headed by General Georges Doriot). ARD's investment in Digital is often cited as the first "win" for venture capitalists.

Jay Forrester was a pioneer in computer engineering and is credited with developing magnetic core memory. At MIT in the late 1940s and early 1950s he lead the development of the Whirlwind computer. He was also an advisor to ARD.

John Barnard Jr. was the general counsel and representative of Massachusetts Investors Trust.

Vernon R. Alden was (likely) an advisor from the Boston Company (an investment firm he would later become chairman of).

Arnaud de Vitry was an MIT alumni and an engineering executive at Mobil.


Digital Equipment Corporation


ca 1960


Jack Mileski



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Photo print

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14 x 18 ins