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Oral history interview with Heinz Zemanek
Zemanek, Heinz (Charles Babbage Institute, 1987)

Oral history interview with Heinz Zemanek


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Charles Babbage Institute

Oral History

Zemanek, an Austrian computer scientist, begins by describing his early life in Vienna, Austria and experiences in Nazi-occupied Austria. He discusses his engineering education and work in radar technology during World War II. Zemanek then focuses on the development of computers in Austria. Topics include: magnetic drums and magnetic memory, the MAILUFTERL computer (which Zemanek designed and built), the LOGALGOL and other compilers, the University of Vienna where Zemanek worked on his computer, the subsequent sponsorship of the project by International Business Machines Europe, and ALGOL and PL/I language standards development. The interview concludes with Zemanek offering a brief overview of the computer industry in Europe from the end of World War II to the 1980.

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Other Identifier(s)
other: OH 127

Previously Published Citation
Heinz Zemanek, OH 127. Oral history interview by William Aspray, 14 and 16 February 1987, Vienna, Austria. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Transcript, 110 pp. Audio file available at

Suggested Citation
Zemanek, Heinz. (1987). Oral history interview with Heinz Zemanek. Charles Babbage Institute. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

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