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Document Details


Title: S. Reid Warren
Local code: OH 38
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Warren was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Moore School of Electrical Engineering and served as supervisor of the EDVAC project. He discusses the EDVAC, the personal interactions of the project members, and the effect of the project on the Moore School. Central to his discussion are J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly and their disagreements with administrators over patent rights, which led to their resignation and the founding of their own company. Warren discusses John von Neumann, the distribution of his 1945 draft report on the EDVAC, and its lack of proper acknowledgment of all the EDVAC contributors. He also discusses the University's patent policy, its effect on the project, and the inability of the Moore School to remain at the forefront of computer developments.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=34
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1977 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Warren, Samuel Reid, 1908-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1908
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 69
Document location: Philadelphia, PA
Document date: 05-Oct-1977
Interviewer: Stern, Nancy
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: OHI0024068-25614