Senior Researcher, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center
1956-1957 B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1960-1983 Vice President of Research and Development, Digital Equipment Corporation - responsible for Digital's products
Architect of various mini- and time-sharing computers (e.g. the PDP-6) and led the development of DEC's VAX and the VAX Computing Environment.
Involved in, or responsible for, the design of many products at Digital, Encore, Ardent, and a score of other companies.
Involved in the design of about 30 multiprocessors; and investor of over 80 startup companies.
1966-1972 Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University
1986-1987 First Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation's Computing Directorate
Since 1987 sponsored "The Gordon Bell Prize" for Parallelism administered by a committee from the annual ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing
Boards and technical advisory boards of Cradle Technology, DiamondCluster Exchange, Dust Inc. and The Vanguard Group
Founding board member of The Computer History Museum at 1401 Shoreline, Mountain View, CA, established in 1999
1995 Joined Microsoft