Disc drive king dies

Al Shugart, the founder of leading computer disc drive firm Seagate Technology, has died, aged 76.

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Al Shugart, the founder of leading computer disc drive firm Seagate Technology, has died, aged 76.

Shugart died earlier this week following complications from heart surgery. He was well known in the data storage industry and across Silicon Valley.

Shugart also once ran his dog Ernest as a candidate for the US Congress.

He founded Seagate in 1979 to take advantage of the growing demand for floppy disc drives as the personal computer era was about to take off.

Shugart started at IBM in the 1950s and left to join Memorex in the late sixties.

Shugart was ousted by the Seagate board in 1998 after a disagreement.

 

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