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Document Details


Title: Peter Watson
Local code: OH 351
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: In this oral history Watson describes his early life and education, his work as an actuary for Standard Life Assurance, and as a programmer at Honeywell Controls. He describes his role in the development and troubleshooting of several innovative programs and systems. Watson also recounts early efforts to establish financing and a customer base for BCS, including the development of complete information systems for textile manufacturing, whiskey distillery, building contracting, and many other business sectors. He also discusses many of the unique aspects of Scotland’s software industry.
Extent: 58 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=322
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Watson, Peter, 1947-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1947
Speaker place of birth: Paisley, Scotland; Scotland; United Kingdom; Europe
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Age at speaking: 55
Document location: Glasgow, Scotland
Document date: 17-Jul-2002
Interviewer: Frana, Philip 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: OHI0024069-25615