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Document Details


Title: Heinz Zemanek
Local code: OH 127
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Zemanek, an Austrian computer scientist, begins by describing his early life in Vienna, Austria and experiences in Nazi-occupied Austria. He discusses his engineering education and work in radar technology during World War II. Zemanek then focuses on the development of computers in Austria. Topics include: magnetic drums and magnetic memory, the MAILUFTERL computer (which Zemanek designed and built), the LOGALGOL and other compilers, the University of Vienna where Zemanek worked on his computer, the subsequent sponsorship of the project by International Business Machines Europe, and ALGOL and PL/I language standards development. The interview concludes with Zemanek offering a brief overview of the computer industry in Europe from the end of World War II to the 1980.
Extent: 80 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=11
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1987 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Zemanek, Heinz, 1920(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1920
Speaker place of birth: Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Austria; Europe
Speaker occupation: Computer engineer
Age at speaking: 67
Document location: Vienna, Austria
Document date: 14-Feb-1987
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: OHI0024078-25626