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. In 1959 Gurley left Lincoln Labs for DEC; he was the designer of DEC's first computer, the PDP-1.
Gurley died of a gunshot fired through a window in his home while eating dinner with his family. 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".
- Ceruzzi, Paul E. (2003). History of Modern Computing, 2e. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262532037.
- "Computer History Museum - Restoring the DEC PDP-1 Computer Exhibit". Retrieved February 23, 2013.
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