David L. Noble

Born 1918; led the early development of the floppy disk storage units within IBM, beginning with the first read-only version "Minnow" delivered in 1971. [Based on Pugh, Emerson W., Lyle R. Johnson, and John H. Palmer, IBM's 360 and Early 370 Systems, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.]

Education: B.E.E., electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1940.

Professional Experience: taught at RPI, served in the naval reserve, and was one of the founding engineers of Engineering Research Associates in 1946; 1956 joined IBM in Poughkeepsie; worked on magnetic ink character sensing equipment for banking equipment.


Corrected birth date and degree (THVV, 2015)

David Noble died April 25, 2004 in San Jose CA. (THVV, 2023)

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