Oral history interview with Thomas Parke Hughes

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Oral history interview with Thomas Parke Hughes

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This interview consists of two parts: in the first part Hughes provides a characterization of the process and impact of invention; and in the second part he outlines the development of the computer. Using the example of Thomas Edison, Hughes comments on invention as a response to need. He discusses the different ways in which research laboratories have been organized, depending on their relationships with businesses and the educational backgrounds of their personnel. These remarks lead Hughes to his overview of the invention of the first electronic digital calculator, the ENIAC, at the University of Pennsylvania during World War II.


Copyright to this oral history is held by George D. Green and Thomas Parke Hughes. Transcript not available electronically. Please contact CBI.

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Thomas Parke Hughes, OH 22. Oral history interview by George D. Green for American Business History series, 6 November 1980, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107364

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Hughes, Thomas Parke. (1980). Oral history interview with Thomas Parke Hughes. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107364.

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