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Document Details


Title: R. W. Taylor
Local code: OH 154
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Most of the interview is concerned with the IPT Office under Taylor's tenure as Director from 1966 to 1969. The major issues he discusses are: his understanding of the overall mission of the IPT Office at that time; the working relationship between IPTO and the Director of ARPA; the effect of external events, such as the Viet Nam war, on IPTO; how the budget process operated; what general areas of research were funded by IPTO; how IPTO compared to other government agencies in its funding of research in computer science; what sort of relationship the IPT Office maintained with its various contractors; and finally, how Taylor's successor was recruited to head the IPT Office. The interview ends with Taylor's general observations on how IPTO and ARPA have changed since their early years.
Extent: 43 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=265
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1989 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Taylor, Robert William (R.W.), 1932-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1932
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 57
Document location: San Francisco, CA
Document date: 28-Feb-1989
Interviewer: Aspray, William
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: OHI0024050-25598