Artifact Details

Title

Snyder, Frank Gerald (Jerry) oral history

Catalog Number

102738015

Type

Text

Date

2015-11-16

Contributor

Snyder, Jerry, interviewee
Spicer, Dag, interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Format

PDF

Description

Jerry Snyder trained in electronics in the US Navy during WWII and found a rewarding career designing small computer systems for the next four decades. Most of Snyder’s employment was with companies serving the US military and defense establishment. His first position was with Northrop, working on the Snark missile program, on that system’s guidance mechanisms. He then worked designing mostly special-purpose computers for a succession of companies including ALWAC, Ramo-Woolridge, RCA, Lockheed and Litton and Teledyne. He offers a perspective on the changes in component technologies and systems over his long career.

Category

Transcription

Subject

IBM CPC (Card Programmed Calculator); Northrop; US Navy; SNARK; UCLA; SWAC; ALWAC; MAC 16 (Computer); Ramo-Wooldridge; US Air Force; RCA; Litton; Phoenix; F-111; SUE; DEC PDP-11; Teledyne

Collection Title

CHM oral history collection

Credit

Gift of Jerry Snyder

Lot Number

X7682.2016