Peter Samson

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  • Born

    Born
    Peter Samsung was born in 1941, Fitchburg, Massachusetts “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/peter-samson/.
  • Started at MIT

    Started at MIT
    Peter Samson started MIT as a freshman. During his time, he was introduced to the TX-O and PDP-1 computers and was one of the original hackers to join the Tech Model Railroad Club.
  • Tech Model Railroad Club Dictionary

    Tech Model Railroad Club Dictionary
    Samson created the first TMRC dictionary, which contained relative puns, terms, and comedic content that the hackers found amusing. Samson, Peter R. This Is the First TMRC Dictionary, Which I Wrote in June, 1959, www.gricer.com/tmrc/dictionary1959.html.
  • Digital Music Synthesis

    Digital Music Synthesis
    Samson developed a digital music synthesis on the TX-0 computer than later develop one for the PDP-1 computer. 1-Bit Music News - One Bit Is Enough, shiru.untergrund.net/1bit/pivot/entry.php?id=102.
  • Spacewar!

    Spacewar!
    Samson help improve the space combat game, Spacewar!, and added the Expensive Planetarium star display within the game. “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/peter-samson/.
  • TJ-2

    TJ-2
    Peter Samson created the first-word processor software called the TJ-2 “TJ-2.” Semantic Scholar, www.semanticscholar.org/topic/TJ-2/3333768.
  • Joined the Digital Equipment Corporation

    Joined the Digital Equipment Corporation
    Samson joined the DEC after they grew an interest in him and his digital music synthesis on both of the computers (TX-0 and PDP-1). During his time at DEC, he contributed to developing the PDP-6 computer and wrote the first FORTRAN compiler for it. “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/peter-samson/.
  • New York Subway System

    New York Subway System
    While working on the PDP-6 computer, Samson programmed complete schedules of the New York Subway System In addition, Samson and his colleagues were inspired by the systems and subway systems and created a racing competition. Samson won the competition with the fastest time on record. Based on these events a new group emerged called the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee.
  • Systems Concepts Incorporated

    Samson joined System Concepts Incorporated and became Director of Marketing and Director of Program Development
  • Chinese-Character Digital Communication System

    Chinese-Character Digital Communication System
    During his employment at System Concepts Incorporated, Samson created the first Chinese-Character Digital Communication System. In addition, he also developed the systems concepts digital synthesizer “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/peter-samson/.
  • NASA

    NASA
    Samson was in charge of engineering hardware products for the NASA Research Center. This included the Central Memory subsystem for the ILLIAC IV
  • Samson Box

    Samson Box
    Samson developed the Samson Box, which was another digital synthesizer that consisted of 256 oscillators, 128 modifiers, and delayed memory. This innovation labeled Samson to be one of the pioneers of music and computer software. 1-Bit Music News - One Bit Is Enough, shiru.untergrund.net/1bit/pivot/entry.php?id=102.
  • Autodesk Inc

    Autodesk Inc
    After his time at NASA, Samson begins to work for Autodesk Inc where he assisted with animation, scripting languages, and web navigation. “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/peter-samson/.
  • PDP-1 Restored

    PDP-1 Restored
    Samson and others restored the PDP-1 computer system. The machine itself is placed in the Computer History Museum. In addition, Peter Samson rebuilt Spacewar! and reversed engineered the music data.
    “Peter Samson.” Peter Samson | PDP-1 Restoration Project | Computer History Museum, https://www.computerhistory.org/pdp-1/87c7e8058c23e98aca274b0f65dac436/