The interview covers Oliver's early life, education, and work experiences at Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard. Oliver began his formal education at California Institute of Technology at the age of fifteen and transferred to Stanford University for his junior and senior years to study electrical engineering with Frederick Terman. There he became associated with William Hewlett and David Packard. After receiving his degree in 1935 he returned to California Institute of Technology for graduate work, from which he joined Bell Laboratories in 1939. His initial assignment there was in the television research group under Axel Hansen. During World War II he worked at Bell on radar. Later he continued his work in television technology and worked with Claude Shannon on information theory. He discusses the organizational climate and objectives at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s and compares it to Hewlett-Packard, which he joined in 1950 as Director of Research. Many aspects of Hewlett-Packard are discussed: vertical integration, distribution of projects, company structure, competitors, associations with Stanford University, military contracts, and recruiting issues. Oliver concludes the interview by discussing his associations with William Hewlett, David Packard, and others at Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Bernard M. Oliver, OH 97. Oral history interview by Arthur L. Norberg, 9 August 1985 and 14 April 1986, Palo Alto, California. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107590
Transcript, 58 pp. Audio file available at http://purl.umn.edu/95284
Oliver, Bernard M., 1916-.
Oral history interview with Bernard More Oliver.
Charles Babbage Institute.
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