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William Poduska

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Spouse(s)  Susan Poduska
Name  William Poduska
Role  Researcher

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Full Name  John William Poduska
Born  1937 (age 77–78)Memphis, Tennessee
Alma mater  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1959; M.S., 1960; D.Sc., 1962)
Occupation  engineer, businessman, professor
Known for  founder of Apollo Computer and Prime Computer
Children  Alice Ann Casey, Margo Poduska Kay, John William Poduska, Jr., Mary Beth Pandiscio, Lily Ann Poduska
Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organizations founded  Apollo Computer, Prime Computer, Stardent Inc.

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.


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.


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
  • References

    William Poduska Wikipedia