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Kenneth Olsen dies at 84; co-founder of Digital Equipment Corp.
Kenneth Olsen dies at 84; co-founder of Digital Equipment Corp.

Kenneth Olsen, a computer industry pioneer and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corp., died Sunday. He was 84.His death was announced by Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he was a trustee and benefactor. No other details were given.DEC, which Olsen launched in 1957, is considered an icon in technology circles today. The company attracted top engineers and helped usher in a technology revolution that changed the way people interact with computers.In the 1960s and 1970s, DEC played a central role in creating the market for "minicomputers," powerful, refrigerator-sized machines that appealed to scientists, engineers and other number crunchers who did not need the bigger, multimillion-...

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