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Lester L. Kilpatrick

Distinguished Engineer: 1970

Degree: Electrical Engineering – 1946

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1970

Lester Lynne Kilpatrick, born in 1923 in Salt Fork, Oklahoma, received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1946. He entered MIT in 1948, as a research assistant, and received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in the same year.

Mr. Kilpatrick joined North America Aviation, Inc., in 1948, where he pioneered in the development and application of airborne digital computer systems, and was responsible during the subsequent eleven years for all its developmental activities in relation to digital computers.

In 1959, he joined three other engineers in founding California Computer Products, Inc., since then serving that firm as president and chairman of its board of directors. Under his aegis California Computer Products, Inc., now with more than 1,300 employees, has become the leading producer of digital plotting equipment providing graphic or pictorial outputs from digital computers. His company is listed on both the American Stock Exchange and the Pacific Stock Exchange, and its markets are worldwide.

Mr. Kilpatrick serves as a director of Western Electronic Manufacturers Association, and of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

Texas Tech University finds it stimulating to add to his meaningful success the designation: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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