Dr. David J. Bradley Retires from IBM

January 29, 2004

Dr. David J. Bradley, Adjunct Associate Professor, will retire from IBM after 28 1/2 years of service.  Dr. Bradley joined IBM in Boca Raton in June 1975, after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He spent his first years working on small systems -- Series/1 and then System/23 Datamaster. In September 1980, Dave became one of the "original 12" engineers working on the IBM Personal Computer, responsible for the ROM BIOS code. He continued to work on Personal Computer systems including the PC XT, the PS/2 Model 30 and the 486/25 Power Platform and the PS/2 Models 90 and 95

Famous for writing the code that allows the Ctrl+Alt+Delete key combination to interrupt a frozen computer program, "Dr. Dave" Bradley was featured as the Final Jeopardy question in the show's College Bowl Championship in 2002 (see video clip).

Dr. Dave has taught "Fundamentals of Logic Design" for the ECE department and once a semester gives a lecture on the history of the personal computer.  His talk provides an amusing, anecdotal stroll through the history of the IBM PC and its follow-on products from its beginnings in the mid-'70s through the introduction of the IBM PS/2 family in 1987.