Jerry Svigals is a computer industry pioneer. He was trained on the ENIAC and helped develop the first database computer, the RCA BIZMAC.
In 33 years with IBM, he was Assistant Director of Marketing for the USA, Systems Manager for the Asia Pacific region, and Development Director for Electronic Banking.
Among many other achievements, he is the father of the magnetic striped bank card, IBM's first ATM, IBM's first branch banking subsystem, and IBM's first self-ticketing unit for airline passengers. He also helped to develop IBM's 705, 7070, 7074, and 360 computers.
Jerry has written 18 books with an emphasis on electronic banking and "smart cards", and is credited with 15 patents.