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Robert R. Everett SM ’43

Lincoln Laboratory and Project Whirlwind

President, The MITRE Corporation

Lincoln Laboratory and Project Whirlwind

President, The MITRE Corporation

Robert R. Everett SM ’43
Lincoln Laboratory and Project Whirlwind
President, The MITRE Corporation 1969–1986

Robert Everett was a major player in the pioneering efforts to develop hydraulic servomechanisms for shipboard radar, electronic digital computers, and air defense systems at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory before his involvement in the founding of The MITRE Corporation. As president of MITRE from 1969 to 1986, Mr. Everett was intimately involved in some of the most high-profile defense projects developed there and he continues to contribute as a senior scientist on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Highlights of this interview include:  

  • Early work with Jay Forrester on Project Whirlwind.
  • Being associate director of the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory.
  • Heading Division VI at Lincoln Laboratory, where he was in charge of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense system design and testing.
  • Directing Lincoln Laboratory’s data processing research and development.
  • Origins of The MITRE Corporation and involvement in its growth and management.
  • Winning numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology, for his work in computer technologies and applications.

 

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