Glenn Henry (IT entrepreneur)

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Glenn Henry
Born (1942-07-26) July 26, 1942 (age 74)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Residence Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, East Bay
Occupation Cofounder of Centaur Technology
Senior Vice President, Dell Computers

Glenn Henry (né Gaylord Glenn Henry; born July 26, 1942 Berkeley, California), is an American computer industry executive, cofounder of Centaur Technology, and inventor of computer technology at the advent and frontier era of the development of personal computers. He holds multiple patents.[1][2]


Henry started his business career at IBM, where he worked for 21 years until 1988.[3] He was the instigator, lead architect and development manager responsible for the IBM System/32, IBM System/38 (forerunner of AS/400), and RT/PC (forerunner of Power systems).[4]

He went to work for Dell in 1988.[5][6][7] In 1993 he was Dell's Senior Vice President in charge of products. While working there, he discovered that it was not possible to buy computer processors for less than $160 wholesale, thereby constraining the ultimate retail price of the resulting computer.[7] In 1994 Henry left Dell and began working on a new Intel compatible design. Funding for this new processor was provided by IDT. Centaur Technologies Inc became part of this company. His first processor came to market in 1997. The company has since been taken over by VIA Technologies in 1999.


In 1985 Henry was named an IBM Fellow.[4]


In 1966, Henry earned a BS degree in mathematics from California State University, Hayward. The following year he earned a MS degree in mathematics.[2]

External links[edit]

  1. IBM Midrange
  2. IBM AS/400
  3. Development at IBM Rochester
  4. Programming for the operating System 3
  5. System 32
  6. System 38


  1. ^ "List showing 23 Patents by Glenn Henry," Internet FAQ Archives, Advameg, Inc. (Illinois) (retrieved April 17, 2015)
  2. ^ a b "CPU Veteran Lobbies for Cheap PCs," EE Times, September 12, 2005
  3. ^ Fortress Rochester: The Inside Story of the IBM ISeries, by Frank Gerald Soltis (born 1940), Loveland, Colorado: 29th Street Press (2001), pg. 378; OCLC 55235488
  4. ^ a b "CEO Interview Glenn Henry founder of VIA Processor Subsidiary Centaur," by Rick Lehrbaum,, June 9, 2004
  5. ^ "Barriers & Solutions to High-performance x86 Processing" (seminar abstract), Computer Architecture Abstracts, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Department of Computer Science; University of Texas at Austin, Spring 1999
  6. ^ Computer Wars: The Post-IBM World, by Charles H. Ferguson & Charles R. Morris, Beard Books (1993/2002), pg. 63; OCLC 50164489
  7. ^ a b "Revenge of the Nerd" by Al Reinert, Texas Monthly, September 1992, pps. 122, 160