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Mead (Carver A.) Papers
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Carver A. Mead, Caltech Alumnus (B.S. 1956, M.S. 1957, PhD 1960) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, taught at Caltech for over forty years. Mead retired from teaching in 1999, but remains active in his research and in the Caltech community. Mead's papers consist of correspondence, biographical material, teaching notes, notebooks, book drafts, audiovisual material, artifacts, and research material, including his work with very large scale integration (VLSI) of integrated circuits.
Carver Andress Mead was born in Bakersfield, California on May 1, 1934. He grew up in Big Creek, California in the community located behind the Big Creek Hydroelectric Plant Number 8. His early interest in electronics led Mead to Caltech as a freshman in 1952, and he graduated with his B.S. in 1956, his M.S. in 1957, and his Ph.D. in 1960, all in the field of Electrical Engineering. Mead began his teaching career as an Instructor at Caltech in 1958. After moving up the ranks as Professor, he was honored as the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computer Science in 1980. During his teaching tenure, Mead taught courses in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Computation and Neural Systems.
49 linear feet (85 archives boxes, 2 half size boxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 2 record cartons, 7 tubes, 1 postcard box, and digital files)
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