Stephen P. Morse

Stephen Paul Morse (born May 1940) is the architect of the Intel 8086 chip[1] and is the originator of the "One Step" search page tools used by genealogists.

Early lifeEdit

Morse was born at Brooklyn, New York. He has degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and New York University.


Morse worked for Bell Laboratories, IBM's Watson Research Center, and General Electric Corporate Research and Development.

He is quoted as saying:

"While I'd like to think that the PC wouldn't exist today if I hadn't designed the 8086, the reality is that it would be based on some other processor family. The instruction set would be radically different, but there would still be a PC. I was just fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time."[2]


In recent years, he has applied his technology expertise to web-based genealogy search tools. His "One Step" search pages are widely used by genealogists all over the world. He is also a co-author, with linguist Alexander Beider, of the Beider–Morse phonetic name matching algorithm.[3][4]


  1. ^ Edwards, Benj (16 June 2008). "Stephen Morse: Father of the 8086 Processor". PCWorld.
  2. ^ Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (2004). "Genealogical Computing - Steve Morse: A Genealogical Mensch". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  3. ^ "Beider–Morse Phonetic Name Matching". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  4. ^ Gary Mokotoff (September 28, 2008). "Morse Implements Phonetic Algorithm for Ellis Island Database". Nu? What's New? - The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy - Volume 9, Number 22. Avotaynu. Retrieved 2009-06-04.

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