Ben Gurley

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Ben Gurley (December 23, 1926 – November 7, 1963) was an important figure in the history of computing. At Lincoln Labs, Gurley designed the cathode ray tube display and light-pen of the TX-0.[1] In 1959 Gurley left Lincoln Labs for DEC; he was the designer of DEC's first computer, the PDP-1.[2]

Gurley died of a gunshot fired through a window in his home while eating dinner with his family.[3] A former co-worker from DEC was convicted of the crime. This incident inspired acquaintance and author John Updike to write his popular novel "The Music School".[4]