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Oral history interview with Edward A. Feigenbaum, 1979 June 12.

Author: Edward A Feigenbaum; Pamela McCorduck
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Feigenbaum discusses the formation and growth of the Stanford University Computer Science Dept. and its acquisition of facilities. He recalls how International Business Machines (IBM) and Control Data Corporation replaced urroughs as the university's computer vendor because of the need for large- cale computing. He explains his effort as head of the Computation Center to entralize all university computing
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Named Person: George E Forsythe; Edward A Feigenbaum
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edward A Feigenbaum; Pamela McCorduck
OCLC Number: 63288486
Notes: Recorded in Stanford, Calif.
Description: Sound cassette : 1 (90 min.) : analog, mono. Transcript : 15 p. Computer data (1 file : 57K)

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Feigenbaum discusses the formation and growth of the Stanford University Computer Science Dept. and its acquisition of facilities. He recalls how International Business Machines (IBM) and Control Data Corporation replaced urroughs as the university's computer vendor because of the need for large- cale computing. He explains his effort as head of the Computation Center to entralize all university computing activities, and the failure of that effort n the 1970s with the introduction of minicomputers on campus.

Feigenbaum also details the department's financing, including government support (ARPA, National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research), equipment donations from industry (especially IBM), and faculty salaries. He credits George Forsythe for the department's initial success in key areas such as numerical analysis, systems, and artificial intelligence, and hiring talented faculty such as John McCarthy.

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