Joseph Thomas "Tom" West III (22 November 1939 – 19 May 2011) was the protagonist of the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book The Soul of a New Machine. West worked for Data General Corporation as a hardware engineer and vice president, retiring as Chief Technologist in 1998.
His nephew, Christopher Schwarz, is a former editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, author of The Anarchist Toolchest, and co-founder of Lost Art Press.
- "J. Thomas West 71, of Westport". eastbayri.com. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- Kidder, Tracy (1981) . The Soul of a New Machine. Modern Library. ISBN 978-0-316-49170-9.
- Marquard, Bryan (22 May 2011). "Tom West; engineer was the soul of Data General's new machine". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- Paul Vitello (May 27, 2011). "Tom West Dies at 71; Was the Computer Engineer Incarnate". The New York Times.
- "An Interview with Chris Schwarz".
- Ratliff, Evan (December 2000). "O, Engineers!". Wired. 8 (12): 356–367. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2009-06-30. Twenty-year retrospective of The Soul of a New Machine, with "where are they now?" segments on the people involved and on Data General.
- Cole, Richard (13 March 1996). "Tom West: The Soul of a Development Manager; Data General veteran expanding NUMA, open systems technology". UniNews. Santa Clara, California: UniForum. 10 (4): 4–5. ISSN 1069-0395. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 1996 interview with West.
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