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Document Details


Title: Alexander A. McKenzie
Local code: OH 185
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Following a brief overview of his background, McKenzie discusses his connection with the ARPANET project at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), including an indirect influence on hardware selection, his early role as a project generalist responsible for handling user questions and giving presentations about the ARPANET, and the running of the Network Control Center (NCC). McKenzie addresses why the NCC was set up, how it expanded, his view of the computer utility concept, and his interactions with the IPT Office, the other members of the group at BBN, and the rest of the community. The interview ends with an evaluation of the impact of the ARPANET. This interview was recorded as part of a research project on the influence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the development of computer science in the United States.
Extent: 34 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=196
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1990 (Year of interview)
Speaker: McKenzie, Alexander Anderson, 1940-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1940
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 50
Document location: Cambridge, MA
Document date: 13-Mar-1990
Interviewer: O'Neill, Judy
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: OHI0024008-25551