William Poduska

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Bill Poduska
John William Poduska

1937 (age 81–82) [1]
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1959; M.S., 1960; D.Sc., 1962) [1]
Occupationengineer, businessman, professor
Known forfounder of Apollo Computer and Prime Computer
Spouse(s)Susan Poduska
ChildrenAlice Ann Casey, Margo Poduska Kay, John William Poduska Jr., Mary Beth Pandiscio, Lily Ann Poduska [2]

John William Poduska Sr. is an American engineer and entrepreneur. He was a founder of Prime Computer, Apollo Computer, and Stellar Computer. Prior to that he headed the Electronics Research Lab at NASA's Cambridge, Massachusetts, facility and also worked at Honeywell.[3]

Poduska has been involved in a number of other high-tech startups. He also serves on the boards of Novell, Anadarko Petroleum, Anystream, Boston Ballet, Wang Center and the Boston Lyric Opera, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[4]


Poduska was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis. He went on to earn a S.B. and S.M. in electrical engineering, both in 1960, from MIT. He also earned a Sc.D. in EECS from MIT in 1962.



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