Alex d'Arbeloff

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Alex d'Arbeloff
Alexander Vladimir d'Arbeloff [1]

1927 [1]
Paris, France [1]
DiedJuly 8, 2008(2008-07-08) (aged 80) [1]
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., 1949) [1]
Known forco-founder of Teradyne Corporation
Spouse(s)Brit Jepson d'Arbeloff [2]

Alexander Vladimir d'Arbeloff (December 21, 1927 – July 8, 2008) was the American co-founder of Teradyne, a multibillion-dollar Boston, Massachusetts-based manufacturer of automatic test equipment (ATE).

Early life[edit]

He was born to a Georgian noble Vladimir d'Arbeloff, from Koutais, and German-Russian Baroness Catherine T. (Tiepolt) d'Arbeloff.


After graduating in 1949 with an SB in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management,[3] where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, he and fellow MIT alumnus Nick DeWolf founded and built Teradyne into one of the largest players in the global ATE market as integrated circuits became increasingly important to every aspect of modern technology.

Upon his retirement from Teradyne in 2000, he was succeeded by George Chamillard.

D'Arbeloff was later a director of Lotus Development Corporation and a director of the Whitehead Institute.[4] He became a member of the MIT Corporation in 1989, and was Chairman of the Corporation from 1997 to 2003. He was a Trustee of Partners Health Care System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the New England Conservatory. He was also a former chairman of the Massachusetts High Technology Council.

In 1993, d'Arbeloff and his wife, Brit d'Arbeloff, established the Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in MIT Education.

In 1999, d'Arbeloff and his wife made a $100,000 donation to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation, which later grew to become the ALS Therapy Development Institute,[5] the largest dedicated ALS lab in the world.


In 2008 Alex died of cancer.

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Dimitri was a President of Millipore Corp.


  1. ^ a b c d e Frost, Greg, "Alex d'Arbeloff, former MIT Corporation chairman, dies at 80", MIT News Office, July 9, 2008
  2. ^ Marquard, Bryan, "Obituary: Alex d'Arbeloff, 80, Teradyne cofounder, key MIT supporter", Boston Globe, July 10, 2008
  3. ^ MIT Alumni Association webpage
  4. ^ Withers, Melissa,""Alex d'Arbeloff named to Whitehead Institute Board of Directors"". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2006-08-10.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), Whitehead Institute news, CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 17, 2004.
  5. ^ ALS Therapy Development Institute website