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Oral history interview with Alexandra I. Forsythe, 1979 May 16.

Author: Alexandra I Forsythe; Pamela McCorduck
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Forsythe discusses the career of her husband, George E. Forsythe, from the time of his Ph.D. in 1941. He studied meteorology at UCLA in preparation for a military commission. After the war he taught meteorology at UCLA, where he became involved with the National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC). In 1957, when the National Bureau of Standards closed its operation at UCLA, George accepted a
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Named Person: George E Forsythe
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra I Forsythe; Pamela McCorduck
OCLC Number: 63288445
Notes: Recorded in Stanford, Calif.
Description: Sound cassettes : 2 (90 min. each) : analog, mono. Transcript : 20 p. Computer data (1 file : 62K)

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Forsythe discusses the career of her husband, George E. Forsythe, from the time of his Ph.D. in 1941. He studied meteorology at UCLA in preparation for a military commission. After the war he taught meteorology at UCLA, where he became involved with the National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC). In 1957, when the National Bureau of Standards closed its operation at UCLA, George accepted a position at Stanford University to establish its program in computer science.

Forsythe recalls some of her husband's difficulties in securing funding for computer projects, the resistance he encountered in his attempts to sell computer time to the private sector, and his eventual success in establishing a well-funded program in 1965. At the end of the interview, Forsythe briefly discusses her textbooks, which grew out of her efforts in the late 1950s to introduce computers into mathematics instruction in Palo Alto's public high schools. She also mentions her teaching positions at Stanford and the University of Utah.

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