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Document Details


Title: Edward A. Feigenbaum
Local code: OH 14
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Series: Item 2 of Series Edward O. Feigenbaum
Description: Feigenbaum discusses the formation and growth of the Stanford University Computer Science Department and its acquisition of facilities. He recalls how IBM and Control Data Corporation replaced Burroughs as the university's computer vendor because of the need for large-scale computing. He explains his effort as head of the Computation Center to centralize all university computing activities, and the failure of that effort in the l970s with the introduction of minicomputers on campus. Feigenbaum also details the department's financing, including government support (ARPA, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research), equipment donations from industry (IBM especially), and faculty salaries. Feigenbaum credits George Forsythe for the department's initial success in key areas such as numerical analysis, systems, and artificial intelligence, and hiring talented faculty such as John McCarthy.
Extent: 22 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=331
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1979 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Feigenbaum, Edward A.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Document location: Stanford, CA
Document date: 12-Jun-1979
Interviewer: McCorduck, Pamela
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: OHI0023947-25486