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Document Details


Title: William C. Norris
Local code: OH 116
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 1 of Series William C. Morris
Description: Norris begins by describing his employment before World War II, his civilian career with the Navy, and his commission in the Naval Reserve. He then discusses his work with Communications Supplementary Activities-Washington. Norris' description of the formation and operations of ERA comprise over half of the interview. Topics include: the roles of Howard Engstrom, John E. Parker, C. B. Tompkins, and Northwestern Aeronautical in the formation of ERA; the influence of the Whirlwind project; government contracts held by ERA; magnetic drums; and contract negotiations with James Birkenstock of International Business Machines. In the second half of the interview Norris discusses the ERA 1101, ERA 1102, and ERA 1103 computers, the acquisition of ERA by Remington Rand, the Univac File computer, his work as head of the Univac Division, and the formation of CDC.
Extent: 99 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=211
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1986 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Norris, William C., 1911-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1911
Speaker occupation: Chief executive officer; Electrical engineer; Entrepreneur; Military personnel; President
Age at speaking: 75
Document location: Minneapolis, MN
Document date: 28-Jul-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; United States--Armed Forces--Civilian employees
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024020-25565