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Donald Prell

  • Managing Director
  • Prell & Associates
  • 15PublicationsNumber of items in Donald's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 3ReadersNumber of instances of Donald's publications in Mendeley libraries. Updated daily.

Recent publications

  • Lord Byron Coincidence or Destiny

  • The Tale of a Rosewood Cane


Professional experience

Managing Director

Prell & Associates

January 1960 - Present


University of London

January 1949 - August 1950(2 years)


Ph.D. Candidate

University College, University of London

August 1948 - June 1951(3 years)

BA (Psychology)


January 1946 - June 1948(2 years)


Donald B. Prell received a BA from UCLA, and was a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of London, where he lectured for several years. In World War II he served as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry, and during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944) he was captured and became a POW in Germany. He was liberated in March of 1945, was recaptured and then escaped in May of 1945. During the 1950s Prell worked with Rand Corporation futurist Herman Kahn, who later founded the Hudson Institute in New York. Also in the 1950s he was associated with many of the early designers of high-speed computer input-output devices, analog to digital converters and digital display plotters. In 1958, working with Thompson Publications, he created DATAMATION, the first magazine dedicated solely to the emerging computer-data-processing industry. Later he founded and served as President of two Venture Capital firms: in 1967, Union Ventures (a subsidiary of the Union Bank N. A.) and in 1980, Imperial Ventures (a subsidiary of Imperial Bank of California). During his association with Union Bank, he was responsible for producing the bank’s first and only 30-year Strategic Plan. Although his primary occupation has been as a Venture Capitalist/Futurologist, he had a long-standing scholarly interest in two diverse individuals: Edward John Trelawny and Pierre Laval. His extensive collections of books and other material by and about these two men are now housed in the Special Collections of two Universities: The Edward John Trelawny Collection is in the Special Collections of the Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California. This collection contains one of the original Notebooks of Edward Ellerker Williams. The Pierre Laval Collection is in Special Collections of the UCR Libraries, University of California, Riverside.

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