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Oral history interview with Isaac Auerbach, 1992 Oct. 2-3.

Author: Isaac L Auerbach; Bruce Bruemmer
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Auerbach begins by discussing friction between himself and J. Presper Eckert and his reasons for leaving Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. He recounts the circumstances leading to his employment from 1949 to 1957 with the Burroughs Corporation, his relations with Irven Travis, who headed the computer department at Burroughs, and the formation of the Burroughs Research Laboratory.
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Named Person: J Presper Eckert; Irven A Travis; George Skakel; Isaac L Auerbach
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Isaac L Auerbach; Bruce Bruemmer
OCLC Number: 63289955
Notes: Recorded in Narberth, Pa.
Description: audiocassettes : 7 (60 min. each) : analog, mono Transcript : 104 pages Computer data (1 file : 222K)

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Auerbach begins by discussing friction between himself and J. Presper Eckert and his reasons for leaving Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. He recounts the circumstances leading to his employment from 1949 to 1957 with the Burroughs Corporation, his relations with Irven Travis, who headed the computer department at Burroughs, and the formation of the Burroughs Research Laboratory.

He describes a number of projects he managed at Burroughs, including computer equipment for the SAGE project, BEAM I computer, the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System, a magnetic core encryption communications system, and a missile guidance computer used for the Atlas missile. Auerbach comments on his management of the Defense, Space and Special Products Division, the general management of Burroughs, and his decision to leave the company. He outlines the establishment of Auerbach Electronics (later Auerbach Associates), one of the first computer consulting firms, and describes initial contacts with RCA (for the BMEWS system), Honeywell, Leeds and Northrup, and Hot Shoppes (Marriott). He describes the growth of the company and other ventures such as Standard Computer Corporation (computer leasing), International Systems (data processing system for parimutuel betting developed with George Skakel of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation), and Auerbach Publishers, a successful venture that became known for its computer product reviews. He describes his concern with military and government contracts, the sale of Auerbach Associates in 1976 to the Calculon Corporation, and his subsequent consulting activity. He concludes with a discussion of his work with the International Federation for Information Processing, the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, and his philanthropic work primarily in the Philadelphia area and Israel.

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