Bernard M. Oliver Oral History Interview

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
November 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SCM0111
Creator: Oliver, Bernard M., 1916-
Title: Bernard M. Oliver oral history interview
Dates: 1985-1986
Physical Description: 1 folder(s)
Summary: Transcript of an interview conducted by Arthur L. Norberg covering Oliver's early life, his education, and work experiences at Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard. Subjects include television research, radar, information theory, organizational climate and objectives at both companies, Hewlett-Packard's associations with Stanford University, and Oliver's association with William Hewlett and David Packard.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
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Phone: (650) 725-1022
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Cite As

Bernard M. Oliver Oral History Interview (SCM0111). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Oliver earned his a.b. in engineering at Stanford University in 1935, studying with Frederick Terman. After graduate work at the California Institute of Technology, he joined Bell Laboratories. In 1950 He joined the Hewlett-Packard company as director of research.

Description of the Collection

The interview covers Oliiver' s early life, education, and work experiences at Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard. Oliver began his formal education at Cal ifornia Institute of Technology at the age of fifteen and transferred to Stanford University for his junior and senior years to study electrical engineering with Frederick Terman. There he became associated with William Hewlett and David Packard. After receiving his degree in 1935 he returned to California Institute of Technology for graduate work, from which he joined Bell Laboratories in 1939. His initial assignment there was in the television research group under Axel Hansen. During World War II he worked at Bell on radar. Later he continued his work in television technology and worked with Claude Shannon on information theory. He discusses the organizational climate and objectives at Bell Laboratories in the 1940s and compares it to Hewlett-Packard, which he joined in 1950 as Director of Research. Many aspects of Hewlett-Packard are discussed: vertical integration, distribution of projects, company structure, competitors, associations with Stanford University, mil itary contracts, and recruiting issues. Oliver concludes the interview by discussing his associations with William Hewlett, David Pac kard, and others at Hewlett-Packard Corporation.

Access Terms

Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Hewlett, William R.
Hewlett, William R.
Hewlett-Packard Company..
Hewlett-Packard Company.
Norberg, Arthur L.
Norberg, Arthur L.
Oliver, Bernard M., 1916-
Packard, David, 1912-1996
Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982
Information theory.
Oral histories.
Radar.
Television--Research.


Collection Contents

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