Tom West

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Tom West
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West at home in Westport MA
Joseph Thomas West

(1939-11-22)November 22, 1939
Died(2011-05-19)May 19, 2011
Alma materAmherst College, B.A. 1962

Joseph Thomas "Tom" West III (22 November 1939 – 19 May 2011)[1] was the protagonist of the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book The Soul of a New Machine.[2] West worked for Data General Corporation as a hardware engineer and vice president, retiring as Chief Technologist in 1998.

West died at the age of 71 in his Westport, Massachusetts home of an apparent heart attack.[3] He is survived by two daughters, Katherine West and librarian Jessamyn West.[4] His nephew, Christopher Schwarz, is a former editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, author of The Anarchist Toolchest, and co-founder of Lost Art Press.[5]


  1. ^ "J. Thomas West 71, of Westport". Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ Kidder, Tracy (1981) [1997]. The Soul of a New Machine. Modern Library. ISBN 978-0-316-49170-9.
  3. ^ Marquard, Bryan (22 May 2011). "Tom West; engineer was the soul of Data General's new machine". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. ^ Paul Vitello (May 27, 2011). "Tom West Dies at 71; Was the Computer Engineer Incarnate". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "An Interview with Chris Schwarz".

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