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Donn Denman was a member of the original Macintosh development team at Apple Computer.


Denman received a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from Antioch College.[1]


Apple Computer[]

Denman joined Apple in the summer of 1979 and collaborated with Randy Wigginton to port Applesoft BASIC to the Apple III. After that was completed, Denman joined the Macintosh team in September 1981 to begin work on a native BASIC interpreter for the new platform. In spring 1982, Bryan Stearns was brought in to assist Denman. As the the ship date approached, Denman also wrote desk accessories, such as Alarm Clock, Note Pad, and the underlying mathematic functions of Calculator.[2] His signature is among those molded into the case of the original Macintosh 128K.[3]

After the Mac shipped in January 1984, Denman resumed work on what would become MacBASIC. However, Apple CEO John Sculley was pressured by Microsoft in 1985 to sell them MacBASIC, which they promptly shelved.[2] Denman then focused on developer tools.[3]

After Apple[]

Denman left Apple in 1993 to become a tools developer at The 3DO Company. In 1997, he became a senior software engineer at PowerTV. He is presently a member of the technical staff at Google, which he joined in 2008.[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Donn Denman, LinkedIn. Accessed 2021-02-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 MacBasic by Andy Hertzfeld, Folklore. 1985-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kawasaki, Guy (1994-12-01). Macintosh Insiders Ten Years Later. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2010-11-11.
  4. Macintosh Insiders (PDF) by Owen L. Linzmayer, Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company p.104-108, No Starch Press. 2004.

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