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Architect , engineer , entrepreneur , researcher

Chester Gordon Bell, American Computer engineering company executive. Recipient 6th Mellon Institute award, 1972, National Medal Technology, unites states department Commerce Technology Administration, 1991, award for greatest economics contribution to region American Electronics Association, 1993, MCI Smithsonian award for Innovation, 1995.


Bell, Chester Gordon was born on August 19, 1934 in Kirksville, Missouri, United States. Son of Roy Chester and Lola Dolph (Gordon) Bell.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1993.


With Digital Equipment Corporation, 1960—1966, vice president, Research and Development, 1972—1983. Professor, computer science and electrical engineering Carnegie-Mellon University, 1966—1972. Founder Encore Computer, 1983.

First assistant director National Science Foundation Computing Directorate, 1986—1987. Founding member Ardent Computer, 1986—1988. Vice president, Research and Development Ardent Computer (merged with Stellar), 1988—1989.

Advisor Microsoft Corporation, 1991—1995, senior researcher, media presence research group San Francisco, since 1995. Led National Research and Education Network panel. Chairing the cross-agency government panel that led to the formation of the Internet.

Author First High Performance Computer and Comm Initiative. Co-founder Computer Museum, Boston, 1979. Founding board member Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, 1999.

Board director, technical advisory board Cradle Technology, DiamondCluster Exchange, Dust Networks, Inc., Vanguard Group. Founder, director Bell-Mason Group.


  • Achievements include being the architect of various mini- and time-sharing computers (PDP's) and led the development of Digital Equipment Corporation VAX and VAX computing environ. Patents in field.



Sponsor Gordon Bell prize (Association Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference on Supercomputing), since 1987. Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (also Computer Pioneer) (Von Neumann medal 1992, Vladamir Karapetroff Eminent Member's award of Eta Kappa Nu 2001), Association for Computing Machinery, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering.


  • Other Interests

    Bicycling, scuba diving, skiing, fishing.


Married Gwendolyn Kay Druyor, January 3, 1959. Children: Brigham Roy, Laura Louise.

Roy Chester Bell

Lola Dolph (Gordon) Bell

Gwendolyn Kay Druyor

Brigham Roy Bell

Laura Louise Bell