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Document Details


Title: Robert Herr
Local code: OH 111
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Herr reviews his family background and education at Haverford College, education at the University of Minnesota in the 1930s, wartime activity, and his postwar work. During World War II Herr worked for the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ordnance, primarily on methods of defending U.S. ships against magnetic mines. The bulk of the interview concerns his work starting in 1946 at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M) on magnetic tape development. After the introduction of magnetic tape in 1949, Herr started a the Electrical Products Lab in 1952 at 3M, and later was vice-president of the Data Recording Products Division. He also discusses 3M's relationship with Engineering Research Associates and Control Data Corporation.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=147
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1986 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Herr, Robert, 1918-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1918
Speaker place of birth: Philadelphia, PA; Pennsylvania; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 68
Document location: Minneapolis, MN
Document date: 19-May-1986
Interviewer: Norberg, Arthur L.
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: OHI0023969-25512