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Guide to the Paul Armer papers
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The Paul Armer papers consist of documentation, subject files, and printed materials pertaining to Armer's professional interest in the relationship between computers and society. The collection includes journals, correspondence, handwritten notes, and clippings, as well as published material such as newsletters and periodicals, academic journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, and documentation from professional associations. Additionally, the collection contains subject files relating to Armer's personal interests and some A/V material.
Paul Armer was a pioneer in computing whose work focused on the relationship between computers and society. Armer was born in Montebello, California in 1924 and graduated from UCLA in 1946 with a degree in meteorology. From 1947 to 1968, Armer worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. For ten of those years, Armer served as the head of the computer science department. It was under his leadership that the institution built the JOHNNIAC, one of the first computers used for engineering calculations.
30.0 Linear feet, 24 record cartons
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