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Document Details


Title: Arthur L. C. Humphreys
Local code: OH 23
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Humphreys, a former managing director of International Computers, Limited (ICL), reviews the history of the British computer industry. Topics include: the termination in 1949 of the trade agreement between IBM and the British Tabulating Machine Company, the merger in 1959 of British Tabulating and the Powers Samas Company into International Computers and Tabulators, Ltd. (ICT), and the merger in 1968 of English Electric Computers Limited and ICT into ICL. Humphreys explains how the last merger was enacted by the government to establish a single national computer company. He recalls the government's pride, as expressed by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, in maintaining a position in the international computer industry.
Extent: 43 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=158
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1981 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Humphreys, Arthur L. C.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Businessman; Director
Document location: Los Angeles, CA
Document date: 28-Feb-1981
Interviewer: Tomash, Erwin
Locations discussed: Europe; North America; United Kingdom; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer industry--Great Britain; Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Europe; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United Kingdom; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023976-25519