|Answer added on 29/12/2010: Alan Shugart|
Hint: His careen defined the modern computer disk drive industry.
Answer: Alan Field Shugart (September 27, 1930 – December 12, 2006) was an engineer, entrepreneur and business executive whose career defined the modern computer disk drive industry.
He was the founder of Shugart Associates in 1973, later acquired by Xerox. Then he and Finis Conner started Shugart Technology in 1979, which soon changed its name to Seagate Technology.