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Howard Vollum was born on May 31st, 1913. Vollum worked in an electronics store in Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Porland OR, where he developed an instrument called the oscilloscope in the years following World War II. The development of the oscilloscope led Vollum to form the company Tektronix with his friend Jack Murdock.
Vollum was Tektronix's president from 1946 until 1971, and remained chairman until 1984. Tektronix's first commercial oscilloscope model, the 511, was more precise and compact than its competitors and was an immediate commercial success. At its peak in the 1980s, Tektronix employed more than 20,000 engineers, and was instrumental in helping modernize Oregon's economy.
Vollum died in 1986.