Computer History Museum - Restoring the DEC PDP-1 Computer Exhibit


“We had a dream of interactive computing. Normal computing was considered big, expensive, awesome, beyond ordinary people. Interactive computing was exciting and fun, and people could interact directly with the computer.”
- Ken Olsen, co-founder of DEC

Unlike a generation of computers before it, the PDP-1 was centered around the user and it was the engineers, researchers, students and hackers from a variety of organizations and companies that brought Olsen’s vision of the PDP-1 to life. These people and the machine they created went on to have wide influence.

This section highlights the people who developed or influenced the PDP-1, including some of its earliest users. Other users and applications are covered in the “Applications” section.

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