David Nagel
EducationPhD, Perception and Mathematical Psychology, UCLA[1]

MS 1968, Engineering, UCLA[2]

BS 1966, Engineering, UCLA

David Nagel is an American manager. He held executive positions in a wide variety of technology companies and organizations.


From 1972 to 1988, Nagel was at NASA, culminating as head of human factors research. He was co-editor of the 1988 book Human Factors in Aviation.[3] He then joined Apple, where he was senior vice president leading the worldwide research and development group responsible for Mac OS software, especially the Copland project,[4] Macintosh hardware, imaging and other peripheral products development. He resigned from Apple and joined AT&T in April, 1996,[5] staying there for five years. Nagel was the chief technology officer at AT&T and president of AT&T Labs. In 2001, he joined Palm, first as a member of the Palm Board of Directors and then as the first CEO of PalmSource. Since 2005 he has remained active in the technology industry as a director of several companies and as a venture capital investor.[6]



  1. ^ Board Biography David Nagel from International Computer Science Institute
  2. ^ "UCLA Engineering, Fall 2006". Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
  3. ^ "Human Factors in Aviation (Cognition and Perception)". psycnet.apa.org. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. ^ Nagel details Apple's plans for Newton, Copland, Net. (Apple Senior VP David Nagel) (Company Business and Marketing)(Interview) - Article from: Computer Reseller News | January 8, 1996 | Pang, Albert
  5. ^ Apple loses research chief - David Nagel joins the team at AT&T Labs
  6. ^ "David Nagel, Ph.D."