Tom West

Engineer, Literature Subject

1939 – 2011

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Who was Tom West?

Joseph Thomas "Tom" West III was the protagonist of the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction book The Soul of a New Machine. West worked for Data General Corporation as a hardware engineer and vice president, retiring as Chief Technologist in 1998. West died at the age of 71 in his Westport, Massachusetts home of an apparent heart attack. He is survived by two daughters, one of whom is Jessamyn West.

His nephew, Christopher Schwarz, is a former editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, author of The Anarchist Toolchest, and co-founder of Lost Art Press.

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Born
Nov 22, 1939
United States of America
Also known as
  • Joseph Thomas West III
Children
Profession
Education
  • Amherst College
Employment
  • Data General
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • RCA
Died
May 19, 2011
Westport

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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