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William C. Norris

Control Data Corporation

1957 - 1986

Computers & Electronics

Military ServiceNavy
1950 b. 1911
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Nebraska
Personal
Born-Died1911
BirthplaceNebraska (NE)
RaceWhite
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1950

An electrical engineer by trade, Norris pioneered Control Data Corporation (CDC) into a leading mainframe computer maker, giving IBM heavy competition during the 1970s and 1980s. Norris was also a great philanthropist, building CDC factories in depressed neighborhoods and founding two venture firms to invest in rural farms and urban slums.