The Kathleen Hennessey papers include a wide range of materials, largely centered around computer science and information
processing. The bulk of the material originates from Hennessey’s tenure at Texas Tech University, particularly her involvement
with the Institute for Studies of Organizational Automation (ISOA).
Audrey Kathleen Hennessey is a data scientist, researcher, and educator whose work has primarily focused on systems, information
processing, and organizational automation.
Hennessey was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1936. She studied at Stanford University, earning a BA in Public Administration
in 1957. Hennessey began her career in Ampex Corporation’s Data Processing Department, before eventually going on to earn
an HSA in Education from the University of Toronto in 1968. She was a Lecturer at Manchester Polytechnic (which later became
Manchester Metropolitan University) from 1970 to 1980, and at the University of Manchester from 1980 to 1982. She additionally
served as an Assessor of Information Systems Analysis and Data Processing for the British Department of Education and Science.
She also earned her Ph.D. from the University of Lancaster in 1982, with her doctorate research focusing on early systems
methods and their relevance to complex multidimensional settings. Her later research and publications would include topics
such as systems analysis, automated visual inspection, object-oriented languages, knowledge-based image analysis, and neural
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