William Poduska

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Bill Poduska
Born John William Poduska
1937 (age 79–80) [1]
Memphis, Tennessee [1]
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1959; M.S., 1960; D.Sc., 1962) [1]
Occupation engineer, businessman, professor
Known for founder of Apollo Computer and Prime Computer
Spouse(s) Susan Poduska
Children Alice 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.


  • recipient of the McDowell Award.
  • National Academy of Engineering 1985


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