Joseph Thomas "Tom" West III (22 November 1939 – 19 May 2011) was the protagonist of the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book The Soul of a New Machine. West worked for Data General Corporation as a hardware engineer and vice president, retiring as Chief Technologist in 1998. West died at the age of 71 in his Westport, Massachusetts home of an apparent heart attack. He is survived by two daughters, one of whom is Jessamyn West.
His nephew, Christopher Schwarz, is a former editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, author of The Anarchist Toolchest, and co-founder of Lost Art Press.
- "J. Thomas West 71, of Westport". eastbayri.com. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- Kidder, Tracy (1981). The Soul of a New Machine. Modern Library. ISBN 978-0-316-49170-9.
- Marquard, Bryan (22 May 2011). "Tom West; engineer was the soul of Data General’s new machine". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- Paul Vitello (May 27, 2011). "Tom West Dies at 71; Was the Computer Engineer Incarnate". The New York Times.
- Ratliff, Evan (December 2000). "O, Engineers!". Wired 8 (12): 356–367. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Twenty-year retrospective of The Soul of a New Machine, with "where are they now?" segments on the people involved and on Data General.
- Cole, Richard (13 March 1996). "Tom West: The Soul of a Development Manager; Data General veteran expanding NUMA, open systems technology". UniNews (Santa Clara, California: UniForum) 10 (4): 4–5. ISSN 1069-0395. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 1996 interview with West.
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