Gordon Bell was not employed at Bell Labs, but he did work with Thompson and Ritchie. He worked in R&D at Digital Equipment Corp for 23 years. One of his greatest successes was his development of the VAX minicomputer, considered the champion of its class. He was the driving force behind the adoption and acceptance of Unix in the scientific community, for supercomputers, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He created the National Science Foundation's computer science and engineering division, which he also directed. Currently, Bell works for Microsoft.