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Document Details


Title: R. Blair Smith
Local code: OH 34
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: After describing his early life, Smith describes his move to International Business Machines (IBM) as a salesman. He discusses his experiences with the IBM 701 and 702 computers and his role in founding the Digital Computer Association (later SHARE). Smith also recalls how a chance meeting with C. R. Smith, president of American Airlines, eventually led to the development of the SABRE system. He also describes the design, sale, and implementation of the SABRE system and the changes caused by the System/360.
Extent: 55 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=258
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1980 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Smith, R. Blair
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Processor
Document date: May-1980
Interviewer: Mapstone, Robina
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: OHI0024044-25592