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Early Years 1
Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts. Parents. School. Interest in chemistry. Attending Bates College. Working for Metal Hydrides, Inc. Joining the U.S. Army. Transferring to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Serving with the Corps of Engineers on the Manhattan Project. Uranium-235. Brother's military experience in Europe during WWII. Waiver on discharge. Volunteering for Bikini Island nuclear test. Finishing service in Oak Ridge. Assigned to work for Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
Atomic Energy Commission 20
Major Alberto F. Thompson. Working with declassified Manhattan Project documents. Bernard M. Fry. Technical Information Extension. Printing Abstracts of Declassified Documents. Manual information handling. Punch-cards. IBM card sorters. Contract with Doc Inc. Movement away from traditional library tools. Development of the AEC information program. Use of computers. Microcards. Leaving the AEC.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 41
Shelby Thompson. Developing plans for NASA's information program. Working on a contract basis. Contract with Doc Inc. Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports (STAR) database. International Aerospace Abstracts (IAA). Microfiche. COSATI. Designing the system. Using second-generation IBM computers. Chemical Abstracts. NASA RECON program. Roger Summit. DIALOG. MEDLINE. Lockheed software development.
Expanding World of Information Science 72
COSATI. Burt Adkinson. Developing standards for information. UNESCO. Vocabulary control. President's Committee on Science and Technology. National Science Foundation (NSF). Chemical Abstracts Service. Chemical Registry System. DIALOG and Chem. Abstracts law suit. Individual, small systems in documentation. Working at NSF. Funding R&D projects. Leaving NSF. Lee G. Burchinal. ERIC. Keeping current in documentation.
New Career Direction 94
National Library of Medicine (NLM). Martin M. Cummings. Lister Hill Center. MEDLINE. Williams and Wilkins case. Leaving NLM for the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). William Knox. Bringing NTIS up to a higher level. Making improvements. Getting better computer equipment. Training staff. NTIS database becoming available online. Government Printing Office. Customer base for NTIS database. Environment at NTIS. Future of NTIS. Cooperation from other groups.
Information Science on Global Scale 122
National information policy. President James Earl Carter. Term as ASIS president. Special Libraries Association. Term length at ASIS. Future of ASIS. Retirement from NTIS in 1982. Thyssen-Bournemisza Information Technology Group. Ron Quake. Leaving Thyssen-Bournemisza. Working for Research Publications. Herner and Company.
Final Thoughts 136
BIIS Corporation. Globenet. Career as a consultant. Communications venture. Family. Importance of communications carriers to information science. Carl Holmes. Martin Cummings. Internet.