Jerry Merryman and James R. Biard at the April 2016 meeting of the TI Vets.
|Born||June 17, 1932|
Hearne, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 27, 2019 (aged 86)|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University (did not graduate)|
|Known for||Co-inventor of the hand-held calculator|
Jerry Dale Merryman (June 17, 1932 – February 27, 2019) was an American electrical engineer and inventor. He was a member of the team at Texas Instruments that developed the first pocket calculator in 1965.
Merryman began his career at Texas Instruments in 1963. With Jack Kilby and James Van Tassel, he invented the hand-held calculator in 1965. Two years later, "The first patent for the calculator was filed." Merryman retired as an engineer for Texas Instruments in 1994 but continued to work for them as a consultant.
Personal life and death
Merryman was married three times. He first married Vernette Posey, followed by Sally Simon, and finally Phyllis Lee. He had a daughter, Melissa.
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