Oral history interview with Ethel C. Marden

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Oral history interview with Ethel C. Marden

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Charles Babbage Institute


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Marden discusses the early use of computers by the U.S. government as seen from the National Bureau of Standards, where she was employed following World War II. She discusses the results of the construction of the Standards Eastern Automatic Computer (SEAC) and points to the prominent role in its design of people who had worked on ENIAC. Marden describes the enthusiasm and work environment of the SEAC project, including accommodations for women to hold professional positions at the same time they were raising families. She points to the success of SEAC as measured by the many government offices that used it. She describes the interactions of NBS with other government agencies and other major computer projects, and describes how NBS recruited talented personnel.


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Ethel C. Marden, OH 51. Oral history interview by William Aspray, 20 April 1983, Washington, D.C. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107466

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Marden, Ethel C.. (1983). Oral history interview with Ethel C. Marden. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107466.

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