Artifact Details

Title

McKenzie, Alexander oral history

Catalog Number

102738011

Type

Text

Date

2011-06-06

Contributor

McKenzie, Alexander, interviewee
Weber, Marc, interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Pensacola, FL

Format

PDF

Description

Alexander McKenzie grew up in New Jersey. He attended the Stevens Institute of Technology studying math (because the math department had a computer). For his Master's degree at Stanford, McKenzie modified the Buroughs 5500 ALGOL compiler. Returning to the east coast, he worked for Honeywell in Massachusetts developing FORTRAN compilers. In the later1960s, he moved to Bolt Beranek and Newman where he first documented the Hospital Computer System, and then joined BBN's ARPANET IMP development project to help with outside contacts. In time, McKenzie became manager of BBN's ARPANET Network Operations Center. As part of BBN networking activities, he was active in the Network Working Group (NWG) and later in the International Network Working Group (INWG). For several years, McKenzie managed relations with various BBN network customers. In the later years of his career with BBN, McKenzie involved with various regional and other networks, for example, CSNET, NSFNET, and NEARNET.

Category

Transcription

Subject

ARPANET; Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN); International Working Group (INWG); CSNET; NSFNET; NEARNET; BBN Planet

Collection Title

CHM oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X5863.2011