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Document Details


Title: Willis K. Drake
Local code: OH 46
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Drake, founder of Data Card Corporation, discusses his career from his employment with Engineering Research Associates (ERA) to his work with Data Card. He remembers his employment with ERA from 1947 to 1952 and his growing frustration with the firm after it was sold to Remington Rand in 1952. He credits James Rand with considerable vision for business applications of computers, but criticizes Remington-Rand's management for failing to coordinate the activities of ERA and an earlier acquisition, the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company. He also relates the circumstances surrounding the formation of Control Data Corporation.
Extent: 74 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=107
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1983 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Drake, Willis K.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: La Crosse, WI; Wisconsin; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer; Military personnel
Document location: Minnetonka, MN
Document date: 03-Feb-1983
Interviewer: Ross, James
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: OHI0023940-25480