Prell, Donald

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Prell, Donald Gender: M
Donald Bruce Prelusky
born on 7 July 1924 at 22:06 (= 10:06 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 15°47' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 25°09 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 13°27'

Donald Prell (wearing his WWII U.S. Army uniform in 2009)
photo: Bayscribe, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American venture capitalist, author and futurist who created Datamation, the first magazine devoted solely to the computer hardware and software industry.

During World War II, he served in the European Theater of Operations in command of the second platoon of the Anti-Tank Company, 422nd Regiment, 106th Division. During the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944, he was wounded and captured. In March 1945, he was liberated, and after a few days he was recaptured. A month later, he escaped from a POW camp south of Nuremberg, and found his way to freedom.

While a PhD candidate in Psychology with Hans Eysenck’s Program Research Team at the University of London from 1948 to 1951, he learned to use Hollerith punched card tabulation machines, the forerunner of today’s digital computers.

In 1957, working with Thompson Publications, he created Datamation. In 1961, he was president, and the major shareholder, of Electro Radiation, Inc, a Santa Monica, California firm specializing in molecular electronics and electroluminescence. Later, he founded and served as President of two venture capital firms.

In 1960, he married Elizabeth (Bette) Howe, novelist and assistant editor of Datamation Magazine. They have two children.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1960 (Elizabeth 'Bette' Howe)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWII)
  • Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (POW)
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter ("Datamation")
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction