Don Estridge is one of many people who is sometimes referred to as the ‘Father of the PC’.

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1937

June 23, Born in Jacksonville, Florida USA. His father was a professional photographer.

1942-1951

Attended St. Paul’s School from Kindergarten through eight grade; Jacksonville, Florida, USA

1951-1955

Graduated from Kenny High school Jacksonville, Florida, USA

1958

 

Married to Mary Ann Hellier on September 13th, from this marriage three children were born: Patricia Ann, Mary Evelyn and Sandra Marie.

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1959

Completed a BS in electrical engineering at the University of Florida
Estridge joined IBM as a junior engineer in Kingston New York and held positions in the Federal Systems Division, participating in the construction of SAGE.

1963

Moved to Washington.
Working on the manned and unmanned programming support for NASA /Goddard Space Flight Center

1969

Estridge moved to Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Joined the General Systems Division and from 1975 – 1979 he was series/1- a mini computer – programming manager

1979

Had responsibility for the development of a Series/1 integrated product until 1980

1980

Becomes manager of Entry Level Systems – Small system in Boca Raton, Florida USA. Responsible for the development of small microprocessor-based systems for ‘tiny’ business and personal use.

1981

January – Estridge’s organization has grown from 12 to 135 people

July – Appointed director Entry Systems Business in July and responsible for the IBM Personal Computer.Don’s team developed the IBM PC secretly. IBM didn’t announce it to the public until August 12, 1981.

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Because IBM introduced the PC it gave this machine respectability. Thus making it possible to market the machine also to small businesses.

1982

January – Appointed division director Entry Systems Business UnitMarch – System Products Division vice president and general manager Entry Systems.

1983

August – President of the newly formed Entry Systems Division

1984

January – IBM vice president

August – Estridge’s organization has now 9.500 people on its pay roll

Nearly a million PC ‘s have been sold.

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1985

March – IBM vice president, manufacturing

August 2, died in a plane crash near Dallas, Texas USA together with his wife Mary Ann.

Don Estridge died in a plane crash on August 2, 1985 The Delta Airlines L-1011 in which he traveled crashed because of a “wind shear”, according to official reports. Others say because of a crashed computer system at flight control.

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