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Document Details


Title: John Lindsay Hill
Local code: OH 101
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: The interview primarily concerns Hill's years at Engineering Research Associates, but his formative years and employment at 3M Corporation are also included. The first part of the interview concerns his family history, upbringing, and education, primarily in electronics, at Rochester Institute of Technology. After his graduation in 1930 Hill worked for General Railroad and from 1934 to 1946 for 3M. In the l930s he became interested in radio technology, a skill used during World War II by the Air Force. The majority of the interview concerns his years at ERA beginning in 1946. Many aspects of his work at ERA are discussed: tape-splicing activities, the Goldberg project, development of magnetic recording, the Demon project, the Atlas project, and interactions with Navy personnel. Particular attention is given to interactions among ERA staff in a government classified environment...
Extent: 118 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=152
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1986 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Hill, John Lindsay, 1909-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 14-Dec-1909
Speaker place of birth: Montreal, QC; Quebec; Canada; North America
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 77
Document location: St. Paul, MN
Document date: 15-Jan-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: OHI0023973-25516