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George Crow and Burrell Smith with boards

George Crow (left) and Burrell Smith with the analog and logic boards that they had built for the Macintosh 128K.

George L. Crow Jr. was a member of the original Macintosh development team at Apple Computer.[1]


Crow received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University.


Crow previously worked at Hewlett-Packard around 1980.[2]

Apple Computer[]

Crow joined the Macintosh development team at Apple Computer in 1981. He designed the analog board that would contain the power supply and video circuitry for the first Macintosh 128K.[2] When the prototype developed problems with the early Twiggy drive, he worked behind the scenes to have it replaced with Sony's new 3.5-inch floppy mechanism.[3]

NeXT founding employees

Crow (back row, third from right) and the founding members of NeXT.

NeXT and back to Apple[]

Crow left Apple with Steve Jobs in 1985 to become a co-founding member of NeXT as the Vice President of Analog Hardware Engineering. He left NeXT to work for SuperMac and then Truevision. In 1999, Crow returned to Apple with Jobs back as CEO, recalling that the general atmosphere was similar to how it was in the 1980s. In 2006, he retired.[4]


  1. Lemmons, Phil. "An Interview: The Macintosh Design Team", BYTE, February 1984, pp. 58. Retrieved on 22 October 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 PC Board Esthetics by Andy Hertzfeld, Folklore. 1981-07.
  3. Quick, Hide In This Closet! by Andy Hertzfeld, Folklore. 1983-08.
  4. George Crow, LinkedIn. Accessed 2013-10-09.[DEAD LINK]

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