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Thomas M. Aitchison Interview 1
Attended the University of St. Andrews, interested in math and physics. Joined the army but was discharged to work at the Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment in Haslemere, England. Lost interest in a career as a physicist. Became librarian for Courtaulds Limited.
Organization Affiliations and New Projects 3
Became a member of Aslib. Set-up manual SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) system which was greeted with enthusiasm. Joined National Electronics Research Council. Transferred to the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers).
INSPEC Formed 6
January 1967, INSPEC (Information Service in Physics, Electrotechnology and Control), a mechanized version of Science Abstracts, formed. The DEVIL (Direct Evaluation of Indexing Languages) project started. Thesaurus developed.
Director at INSPEC 9
Tensions with AIP (American Institute of Physics) rose. Became an agent for IEE primary publications. Competition and collaboration with different information committees. INSPEC grew.
Jean Aitchison Interview 20
Originally ran large library in the English Electric Company. Hoped to create classification system. Developed the English Electric Faceted Subject Classification for Engineering between 1958 and 1961.
Started work on Thesaurofacet in March 1967. General Electric Company took over the English Electric Company and closed down most of the libraries. Thesaurofacet died.
Work at UNESCO 25
Helped develop UNESCO thesaurus. Made system for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, published in 1991. Retired from the field.