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Oral history interview with Hugh Duncan, 1986 Aug. 14.

Author: Hugh Duncan; Arthur L Norberg
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Duncan begins by describing his engineering education and entrance into the Navy in World War II. He discusses his work at Communications Supplementary Activities-Washington and the events leading to the formation of Engineering Research Associates (ERA). Topics include: the introduction of John E. Parker to Engstrom, Meader, and Norris by the financial brokerage firm of Auchincloss, Redpath, and Parker, the work of
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
History
Named Person: Howard T Engstrom; John H Howard; Ralph I Meader; William C Norris; John E Parker; William C Norris
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Duncan; Arthur L Norberg
OCLC Number: 63276399
Notes: Recorded in Del Mar, Calif.
Thirty (30) minutes of the oral history are unintelligible because of static interference at the time of recording. There are corresponding gaps in the transcript.
Description: audiocassettes : 2 (60 min. each) : analog, mono Transcript : 39 pages Computer data (1 file : 63K)

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Duncan begins by describing his engineering education and entrance into the Navy in World War II. He discusses his work at Communications Supplementary Activities-Washington and the events leading to the formation of Engineering Research Associates (ERA). Topics include: the introduction of John E. Parker to Engstrom, Meader, and Norris by the financial brokerage firm of Auchincloss, Redpath, and Parker, the work of John Howard, the level of Navy involvement with ERA, research activities, especially regarding memory devices, and the management of the firm.

Duncan reviews the management of the ERA and Eckert-Mauchly acquisitions by Remington Rand. He concludes with a comparison of the management techniques Remington Rand and International Business Machines.

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