William C. Lowe
|William C. Lowe|
January 15, 1941|
|Died||October 19, 2013
Lake Forest, Illinois
William Cleland Lowe (January 15, 1941 – October 19, 2013) managed the laboratory that developed the IBM PC.
Lowe was the director of IBM's Boca Raton Labs in 1980 when Atari proposed to make microcomputers which IBM would sell. IBM management rejected this but authorized the Boca Raton Labs to develop a microcomputer quickly. Sources describe differently whether Lowe proposed to do as Atari suggested, proposed to acquire Atari, proposed to develop a different microcomputer, or proposed all these for discussion.
Lowe designated a team of engineers under manager Don Estridge to develop the computer. In order to move quickly they designed it from standard components and outsourced development of the operating system to Microsoft.
- IBM PC pioneer William C Lowe dies, aged 72
- Steven Musil. William Lowe, the 'father of the IBM PC', dies at 72, CNET.com. Oct 30, 2013.
- Photo of Bill Lowe with caption from New York Times site
- William Lowe, who led IBM’s development of personal computers, dies at 72. Washington Post Oct 31, 2013
- William C. Lowe, Who Oversaw the Birth of IBM’s PC, Dies at 72, New York Times, Oct 28, 2013