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Document Details


Title: W. Richards Adrion
Local code: OH 211
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: ...Adrion discusses the development of NSF programs relating to computer science, particularly those programs in which he worked. He begins by describing NSF's funding of cryptography during 1976-1978 and its relation to the National Security Agency. He gives a brief history of theoretical computer science in the United States and NSF's role in funding that area during the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a description of the leading academic centers and personalities. Adrion recounts his work with the Coordinated Experimental Research program, which grew out of a concern to retain good faculty and promote experimental research at academic institutions. Other areas discussed include computer networks, NSF's support of CSNET, the role of Kent Curtis in NSF, and the relationship between DARPA and NSF funding. The interview concludes with comments about the position of chief scientist and Adrion's decision to leave NSF.
Extent: 29 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=7
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1990 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Adrion, W. Richards
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer; Engineer
Document location: Amherst, MA
Document date: 29-Oct-1990
Interviewer: Aspray, William
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023898-25427