Norm Meyrowitz is a pioneer of hypertext and networked multimedia. He begins his oral history with a discussion of his childhood and his initial interest in journalism. When he began his college career at Brown University, his interest in newspaper layout and design led him into the world of computer programming. While at Brown, Meyrowitz worked with Andries van Dam as well as Ted Nelson and became familiar with hypertext, working extensively on FRESS for van Dam. He developed a window manager called BRUWIN, became a Research Scientist in the Computer Science Department, and eventually helped co-found IRIS, the Institute for Research, Information and Scholarship. There he developed Intermedia, a seminal 1980s hypermedia system that was used extensively in Brown classes on a variety of topics. Meyrowitz was active in the 1980s Hypertext conference series, which inspired Web main inventor Tim Berners-Lee. Meyrowitz’s career continued at Macromedia, Inc, where he was instrumental in bringing in and developing Shockwave, Flash, and Web site development platform DreamWeaver. Meyrowitz is now retired, but concludes his interview expressing interest in the innovations to come in computer science.
File Retrieving and Editing System (FRESS); Intermedia; Institute for Research Information and Scholarship (IRIS); Burners-Lee, Timothy; CERN; HyperCard; hypertext; Hypertext Editing System (HES); Macromedia, Inc.; Shockwave; Flash; FutureSplash; PalmPilot