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Document Details


Title: Bernard More Oliver
Local code: OH 97
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 covers Oliver's early life, education, and work experiences at Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard. Oliver began his formal education at California Institute of Technology at the age of fifteen and transferred to Stanford University for his junior and senior years to study electrical engineering with Frederick Terman. There he became associated with William Hewlett and David Packard. After receiving his degree in 1935 he returned to California Institute of Technology for graduate work, from which he joined Bell Laboratories in 1939. His initial assignment there was in the television research group under Axel Hansen. During World War II he worked at Bell on radar. Later he continued his work in television technology and worked with Claude Shannon on information theory. He discusses the organizational climate and objectives at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s and compares it to Hewlett-Packard, which he joined in 1950 as Director of Research. Many aspects of Hewlett-Packard are discussed: vertical integration, distribution of projects, company structure, competitors, associations with Stanford University, military contracts, and recruiting issues. Oliver concludes the interview by discussing his associations with William Hewlett, David Packard, and others at Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Extent: 89 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=216
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1985 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Oliver, Bernard More, 1916-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker place of birth: Santa Ana, CA; California; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 69
Document location: Palo Alto, CA
Document date: 09-Aug-1985
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: OHI0024022-25568