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Document Details


Title: Ralph E. Griswold and Madge T. Griswold
Local code: OH 201
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 1 of Series Ralph and Madge Griswold
Description: Ralph and Madge Griswold recall the development of the Icon programming language. Ralph Griswold begins the interview with a description of the evolution of Icon from SNOBOL4 during his work at Bell Laboratories in the early 1960s. In this context he describes the difficulties of developing software in a corporate environment. Most of the interview concentrates on the development of Icon after Griswold took a faculty position at the University of Arizona. The Griswolds describe the creation of the Icon Project, the project's support from the National Science Foundation, the importance of the project in graduate education in computer science and the contributions of graduate students to the language's development. Also discussed is the dissemination of information regarding Icon through the Icon Analyst and the project's interaction with the commercial software industry through two small software firms, Catspaw and The Bright Forest Company.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=135
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1990 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Griswold, Madge T., 1941-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1941
Speaker occupation: Journalist
Age at speaking: 49
Document location: Flagstaff, AZ
Document date: 25-Jul-1990
Interviewer: Cargo, David S.
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: OHI0023963-25508