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Document Details


Title: Jim Gray
Local code: OH 353
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Gray discusses his childhood in Rome and education at the University of California, Berkeley. He explains the influence of Sputnik, Norbert Wiener’s view of cybernetics and society, the social impact of computing, and the artificial intelligence papers of Newell and Simon in the shaping of his career. Gray describes his co-op position at General Dynamics, as well as positions with Bell Labs (Murray Hill) and IBM Research in Yorktown Heights and San Jose. Gray also describes his evaluations of computer models stimulated by the system dynamics approach pioneered by Jay Forrester, his brief role as a UNESCO technical expert in Romania, and his introduction to relational database design. The interview includes comments on computer privacy and research laboratory culture at International Business Machines, Tandem Computers, and Microsoft.
Extent: 39 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=318
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Gray, Jim, 1944-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 12-Jan-1944
Speaker place of birth: San Francisco, CA; California; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Computer engineer
Age at speaking: 58
Document location: San Francisco, CA
Document date: 03-Jan-2002
Interviewer: Frana, Philip L.
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Artificial intelligence; 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: OHI0023962-25506