Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell is a researcher emeritus in the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Laboratory, working in the San Francisco Laboratory.

Bell spent 23 years at the Digital Equipment Corporation as Vice President of R&D; while there, he was responsible for the first mini and timesharing computers and led the development of DEC’s highly-successful VAX architecture. From 1966-1972 he was a professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bell was involved in designing many products at Digital, and startup companies, and has been an investor/advisor/board member to over 100 startups. As the first assistant director for computing at the National Science Foundation (NSF), he led the National Research Network panel that became the NII/GII, and was an author of the High Performance Computer and Communications Initiative. He posited Bell’s Law of Computer Classes (1972-2008) accounting for the new kinds of computers e.g. mainframes, personal computers that come into existence roughly every decade.

Bell has homes in both San Francisco, CA and Sydney, Australia.