Tom Rolander

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Tom Rolander
OccupationSoftware engineer, professor[2]
Known forMP/M, iFolder

Thomas Alan Rolander is an American entrepreneur, engineer, and developer of the multitasking multiuser operating system MP/M created for microcomputers in 1979 while working as the first employee[3] of Digital Research[4][5][6][1][7] with Gary Kildall,[1][8] the "father" of CP/M. CP/M and MP/M laid the groundwork to later Digital Research operating system families such as Concurrent CP/M, Concurrent DOS and Multiuser DOS. He also developed CP/NET.[5]

Digital Research Employee Badge, THOMAS ROLANDER, I.D. #1

In 2013 he was granted with a 2013 Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the University of Washington (UW).[9][1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tom Rolander - Alumnus Tom Rolander – Avid Innovator and Athlete". Alumni Profiles. University of Washington, Electrical Engineering. 2009. Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Tom Rolander is new chairman of Big Sur International Marathon board of directors". Carmel, CA, USA: Monterey Herald. 2016-10-06. Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
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  4. ^ Kildall, Gary Arlen (2016-08-02) [1993]. Kildall, Scott; Kildall, Kristin (eds.). Computer Connections: People, Places, and Events in the Evolution of the Personal Computer Industry (Manuscript, part 1). Kildall Family. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  5. ^ a b c "IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing - CP/M - Microcomputer Operating System, 1974" (PDF). Computer History Museum. 2014-04-25. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  6. ^ Shustek, Len (2016-08-02). "In His Own Words: Gary Kildall". Remarkable People. Computer History Museum.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Tom Rolander - Serial entrepreneur and Emergent Farming co-founder". Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  8. ^ Evans, Harold; Buckland, Gail; Lefer, David (2004). They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators. Little, Brown and Co. ISBN 978-0-316-27766-2. ISBN 0-316-27766-5.
  9. ^ "2013 Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence". 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  10. ^ Stark, Craig L. (1986-04-29). "CD ROM Conference: Lured by 600 Megabytes on Disk". PC Magazine: 42. Retrieved 2016-11-19.

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