Thomas Whitney (computing)

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Thomas M. (Tom) Whitney is best known as an inventor of the pocket calculator and an early employee of Apple Computer. [1]

He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1967, where he helped develop the HP-35, the world's first handheld scientific electronic calculator. During the HP years, he was also a lecturer at Santa Clara University.

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The HP-35 was Hewlett-Packard's first pocket calculator and the world's first scientific pocket calculator – a calculator with trigonometric and exponential functions.

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He later joined Apple as employee 15 [2] and in 1978 became executive vice president of engineering, working directly with Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin on the Macintosh project.

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Whitney completed BS (1961), MS (1962) and PhD (1964) degrees in electrical engineering at Iowa State University, [3] where he was a member of Acacia fraternity. He graduated from Aurelia High School in Aurelia, Iowa in 1957.

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Aurelia High School was the senior high school of Aurelia Community School. It is located in Aurelia, Iowa, a town in Cherokee County, Iowa. Following the 2011-12 school year, Aurelia was one of the smallest schools in the state, with a 9-12 enrollment of around 90 students.

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Whitney died in 1986 at age 47.

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  1. Whitney, Dan; Writer, Staff (29 January 2010). "One of the area's outstanding historical figures - 'Cousin Tom'". Cherokee Chronicle Times.
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