2013 what IT world lost – People and Products

As everyone looks back at the year that was, I did some searching for those who passed and were in some way related to Information Technology in some way. Below are what I found…


Michael Culbert (1966 – 2013) – He spent more than 25 years as an engineer at Apple, and wound up as VP of Architecture at the company. He was a member of the Apple Newton group, bringing the personal digital assistant to life. He was awarded patents for iPhone and iPad technologies taken for granted, including iOS video screen rotation and power saving capabilities. Here he is in a video.

Aaron Swartz (1986 – 2013) – He was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, social news site Reddit and other online activities.

Douglas Engelbart (1925 – 2013) – He was a Silicon Valley engineer who invented the computer mouse and is credited with many of the concepts that underpin modern computing and the Internet. recognized for his accomplishments many times over, including with the A.M. Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing.

Harry Pyle (1950 – 2013) – He worked at Computer Terminal Corp. (later called Datapoint) as a young man and worked on the earliest personal computers. He also worked on technology that led to the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 8008. He was heavily involved in building ARCnet, the first commercial LAN offering. worked on the home automation system for Bill Gates’ estate, and later, he joined Microsoft.

Clifford Nass (1958-2013) – He was studying people as they confronted the constantly changing technology of the computer age — how they responded to simulated voices (we trust male voices to give us driving directions); the titillation of 24-hour news networks and smartphone swiping (we are naturally weak for endless streams of blather, whether on a television news crawl or Twitter); and the anxiety of operating (or not) a self-driving vehicle in the rapidly arriving future.

Lewis Kornfeld (1916 – 2013) – The man behind the naming and release of the TRS-80, the first mass market and affordable personal computer. Radio Shack pushed the PC via its thousands of stores nationwide in the United States.

William Lowe (1941 – 2013) – He oversaw development and delivery of IBM’s belated but successful first PC, 5150. joined IBM as a product test engineer in 1962 and rose through the ranks and was elected as a vice president

Barnaby Jack (1978 – 2013) – He worked for security company IOActive, where he specialized in security of embedded devices (hacking pacemakers and other implantable medical devices.). He had hacked of two different automated teller machines resulted in fake money being spewed out was one of the security features he was working on.

Willis Ware (1920 – 2013) – He worked at RAND, where among other things he worked on one of the first computers, called the Johnniac, and became head of RAND’s computer science department. Wrote Papers such as The Ware Report gave insight into computer system security. founding president of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies and was the first chairman of the Information System and Privacy Advisory Board created by the Computer Security Act of 1987.

Yvonne Brill (1924 – 2013) – She was a Canadian scientist, worked on a number of NASA projects over the years, and in the 1970s designed a rocket thruster that kept satellites from falling out of orbit.

John “Jack” Harker (1926 – 2013) – He was the father of removable disk storage ( of the IBM 1311 Disk Storage Drive). He worked for IBM for 35 years. He served twice as director of the IBM San Jose Storage Laboratories.

Jim Horning (1943 – 2013) – He was a Research Fellow at Xerox PARC and a founding member and senior consultant with Digital Equipment Corp.’s Systems Research Center. He also held high-level IT security jobs at companies such as McAfee and Silicon Graphics.

Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013) – He was the undisputed king of stop-motion animation. He inserted his imaginative clay creatures into live action and had inspired George Lucas to Peter Jackson. They paid tribute to him on The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page.

Amar Bose (1929 – 2013) – He founded audio manufacturing company Bose Corporation.

Ian Ross (1927 – 2013) – He was a pioneer in the field of transistors at Bell Labs. He worked as a lead AT&T’s research arm. He was awarded the 1988 IEEE Founders Medal “for distinguished leadership of AT&T Bell Laboratories guiding innovation in telecommunications and information processing.”

Hiroshi Yamauchi (1927 – 2013) – The past president of Nintendo.

Rob Held (1939 – 2013) – He started in the US Navy and then went on to work at electronic test equipment company GenRad. After making a name for himself in the networking industry during the 1980s and 1990s, he was then the president and CEO of Chipcom.

Tom Clancy (1947 – 2013) –  Everyone knows him as a writer, but he also had a significant impact on the video game industry. He founded the video game company Red Storm Entertainment (which was later purchased and named Ubisoft Red Storm) storytelling in gaming with novel-turned-video games titles.

Stuart Biggs (1960 – 2013) – He led a team that created the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert program and was the first to be awarded a CCIE number. He also helped to design Cisco’s first company website.

Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson (1937 – 2013) – He was the presiding judge in the United States vs. Microsoft antitrust case in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The main issue was whether Microsoft was monopolistic in bundling its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows OS. He did rule that in order to conduct business fairly, Microsoft needed to be split up into a Windows company and another that included the rest of Microsoft’s software offerings. Jackson’s judgment was later appealed and the DoJ later settled the case.

Ed Iacobucci – (1954- 2013) – He worked on OS/2 at IBM helped fuel the PC craze and his efforts at Citrix and VirtualWorks aimed to bring computing back under control. His career started in 1979 at IBM, where he held architecture and design leadership roles involving PC operating systems OS/2 and DOS, working closely with Microsoft in doing so. He left IBM 10 years later to start Citrix, the multifaceted company that began with OS/2-based products and carved out a niche in the thin-client market.


I also found the following products that we can say goodbye to as well in 2013.

Goodbye ….

I will be back in January 2014 with more IT related posts.


5 thoughts on “2013 what IT world lost – People and Products

    • Hi.

      Thanks for asking the question. The article is mainly on people who said goodbye, but the last tiny bit was about Gadgets or Products that stopped either supported or produced. The Apple iPhone 5 was removed from Apple’s lineup, so its no longer available, which is why its on the list. The other you mention is is not an Apple, but HTC First which was axed just after its release.

      There are more Gadgets in the link that is quoted in the blog post.

      I hope this answers your questions and feel free to ask any questions! 🙂

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