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Four Computer Inventors Awarded

October 16, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Four inventors who advanced practical computer science were awarded Ronald H. Brown American Innovator citations today by the Patent and Trademark Office.

Dennis Moeller and Mark Dean, who work for IBM, invented a system allowing IBM and IBM-compatible computers to rapidly communicate with each other.

``This made possible the development of fast and efficient personal computers,″ the Patent Office said.

Robert H. Dennard, another IBM expert, was responsible for the one-transistor dynamic random access memory, known as DRAM or RAM, which made small desktop computers possible.

Robert W. Bower of Advanced Microdevices invented a device that led to the fast electronic circuits commonplace in today’s computers.

The American Innovator awards have been given since 1985. They were renamed this year in honor of Ron Brown, the commerce secretary who was killed in an airplane crash in Croatia last year.

The Patent and Trademark Office is part of the Commerce Department.

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