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Gene Amdahl
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Gene Amdahl addressing a UW–Madison Alumni gathering, March 13, 2008
Born (1922-11-16)November 16, 1922
Died November 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 92)
Nationality American
Citizenship USA
Alma mater South Dakota State University (B.S., 1948)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.S.; Ph.D., 1952)
Known for founding Amdahl Corporation; formulating Amdahl's law; IBM 360, 704
Awards National Academy of Engineering (1967)
Computer History Museum Fellow (1998)
Scientific career
Fields Entrepreneur
Computer science
Institutions degrees in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin.
Thesis The Logical Design of an Intermediate Speed Digital Computer (1953)
Doctoral advisor Harold A. Peterson

Gene Myron Amdahl (November 16, 1922 – November 10, 2015) was an American computer architect and high-tech entrepreneur. He was known for his work on mainframe computers at IBM and later his own companies, especially Amdahl Corporation. He formulated Amdahl's law, which states a fundamental limitation of parallel computing.

In 1998, he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for his fundamental work in computer architecture and design, project management, and leadership."

Amdahl died of pneumonia after suffering from Alzheimer's disease during the last years of his life in Palo Alto, California, aged 92.

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