ⓘ Wesley A. Clark

Wesley A. Clark

ⓘ Wesley A. Clark

Wesley Allison Clark was an American computer designer. He created the LINC computer, which was the first mini-computer and shares with a number of other computers the claim to be the inspiration for the personal computer.


1. Early life

Clark was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Kinderhook, New York and northern California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1947 with an A.B. in Physics. Clark began his career as a physicist at the Hanford Site.


2. Career

In 1981 Clark received the Eckert-Mauchly Award for his work on computer architecture. He was awarded an honorary degree by Washington University in 1984. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. Clark was a charter recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "First Personal Computer."


3. Other websites

  • Oral history interview with Wesley Clark. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota. Clark describes his research at Lincoln Laboratory and interaction with the Information Processing Techniques Office IPTO of the Advanced Research Projects Agency ARPA. Topics include various custom computers built at MIT, including the LINC computer; timesharing and network research; artificial intelligence research; ARPA contracting; interaction with IPTO directors; the work of Larry Roberts at IPTO.
  • The Logical Structure of Digital Computers, October 1955 Archived 2012-07-16 at the Wayback Machine at
  • Functional Description of the L1 Computer, March 1960 at
  • Multi-Sequence Program Concept, November, 1954 Archived 2012-07-16 at the Wayback Machine at
  • Wesley Clark article in Smart Computing Encyclopedia