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Document Details


Title: Ralph E. Griswold and Madge T. Griswold
Local code: OH 256
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 Ralph and Madge Griswold
Description: Ralph and Madge Griswold discuss how their respective educational backgrounds in electrical engineering and journalism led them separately to Bell Laboratories. Madge discusses her involvement with TEXT90 and TEXT360 in the preparation of technical journal documents. Ralph recalls the informal dissemination of SNOBOL to the academic community. The Griswolds describe Bell Laboratories' involvement with MULTICS and the movement of groups within Bell Laboratories away from GE machines to IBM equipment. From their perspectives as an employee and an administrator respectively, Madge and Ralph describe the climate for women at Bell Laboratories during the 1960s. Ralph discusses how changes in the research environment at Bell Laboratories led him to the University of Arizona. Ralph describes his effort to recruit computer scientists to the fledgling department and Madge discusses her involvement in the recruiting process and the development of the department. The Griswolds also discuss the stagnation of SNOBOL4 after the language manual went out-of-print, and their work at the Bright Forest Company with the development of a commercial Icon implementation.
Extent: 39 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=136
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1993 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Griswold, Ralph E., 1934-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1934
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 59
Document location: Minneapolis, MN
Document date: 29-Sep-1993
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: OHI0023964-25507