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Bob Overton Evans, American Electronics executive. Designed and developed large digital electric computers. Recipient Distinguished Public Svc. award National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Distinguished Alumni citation Iowa State University, Distinguished Achievement citation, 1991; National medal of Technology,1985; named to Datamation Hall of Fame, 1987.


Evans, Bob Overton was born on August 19, 1927 in Grand Island, Nebraska, United States. Son of Walter Bernard and Lillian (Overton) Evans.


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1949.


Electric operating engineer Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Hammond, 1949—1951. With International Business Machines Corporation, 1951—1984, vice president development data systems division, 1962—1964, president federal system division, 1965—1969, president system development division, 1970—1972, president, corporation vice president communications system division, 1972—1977, vice president engineering, programming and technical, 1978—1984. Partner Hambrecht and Quist, 1984—1988.

Managing partner Technology Strategies and Alliances, Menlo Park, California, 1988—2001. President, Chief Executive Officer Interactive Voice Systems, Monrovia, 1997—1999. Partner Rocket Ventures, Menlo, 2002—2004.

Member Republican of China Science and Technology Advisory Committee, 1981—1995. Strategic advisory board Republican of China, 1984—1995. Electrical engineering visiting committee Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1971—1985.

Chairman Foothill Research Inc., 1984—1985, Cambridge Technology Group, McLean, Virginia, from 1999, VCommand.com, 1999—2004. President Vanguard International Semi-conductor Corporation, 1995—1996. President, Chief Executive Officer Ridge Computers Inc., 1986—1988.

Member Defense Science Board, 1970—1974, Stark Draper Laboratories, Inc., 1972—2001. Board directors Maryland National Bank, Santa Barbara Laboratories, Integrated Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Systems, Inc., V Mark Software, Cullinet Software, Micrognosis, Inc., Athena Systems, Planning Research Corporation, Cambridge Research Associates Excellence in Communications Corporation, Dotcast, Equator Technologies, Integrated Materials, TriCH. Board overseers Superconductivity Super Collider, 1991—1993.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946.


  • Achievements include design of large digital electric computers.


Member of executive board National Capital Area county Boy Scouts American, 1967-1969. Trustee Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1972-1984, New York Public Library., 1980-1984. Member electrical engineering visiting committee Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1971-1985.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (chairman computer group conference 1970, Armstrong award 1984), Association Computing Machines. Member National Academy Engineering, Professional Group Electronic Computers, National Security Industrial Association (trustee), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (trustee), Aerospace Industries Association (Executive Board).


Married Maria Bowman, November 19, 1949. Children: Cathleen L., Robert W., David D., Douglas B.

Walter Bernard Evans

Lillian (Overton) Evans

Maria Bowman

David D. Evans

Douglas B. Evans

Cathleen L. Evans

Robert W. Evans