Jack Goldman

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Jacob E. Goldman
Born(1921-07-18)July 18, 1921
DiedDecember 20, 2011(2011-12-20) (aged 90)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (PhD)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorFrederick Seitz
Doctoral studentsAnthony Schuyler Arrott

Jacob E.[1] "Jack" Goldman (July 18, 1921 – December 20, 2011) was an American physicist and former chief scientist of Xerox Corporation.[1] He was also a faculty member at Carnegie Tech and directed the Ford Scientific Laboratory. He is especially notable for hiring physicist Dr. George Pake to create the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, which produced many seminal ideas in modern computing.

Goldman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in Westport, Connecticut.[2][3]

Among the projects that Goldman worked on at Ford in the 1960s was the sodium–sulfur battery for electric cars.[4] After narrowly surviving a fiery crash of his gasoline-powered Lincoln, Goldman quipped "I guess I proved gasoline is more dangerous than a sodium–sulfur battery."[5]

Jack Goldman died from congestive heart failure[6] on December 20, 2011.


  1. ^ a b John Markoff (December 21, 2011). "Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Poeter, Damon (December 22, 2011). "Xerox PARC Founder Jack Goldman Dies at 90". PC Magazine.
  3. ^ Whitney, Lance (December 22, 2011). "Xerox PARC founder Jacob Goldman dies at 90". CNET News.
  4. ^ "unknown title". Public Power. American Public Power Association. 24: 28. 1966.
  5. ^ Bob Irvin (Feb 1967). "Detroit listening post: Quotable quotes". Popular Mechanics.
  6. ^ Sean Gallagher (December 23, 2011) - ars technica

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