Artifact Details

Title

Berezin, Evelyn oral history : 2015 fellow

Catalog Number

102746876

Type

Text

Date

2014-03-10

Contributor

Berezin, Evelyn, Interviewee
Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer; videographer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

New York, New York

Extent

77 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Evelyn Berezin was born in New York City in 1925. In 1951, she joined a start-up company, Elecom, based in Brooklyn, which had started to build digital computers. From 1951 to 1969, she worked at a number of companies designing a variety of special-purpose computer systems.

While working for Teleregister in 1962, Berezin designed one of the largest systems built at that time: a passenger reservations system for United Airlines. The design of the central system (three independent, linked processors) served 60 cities throughout the United States with a one-second response time and with no central system failures in 11 years of operation.

In 1969, Berezin founded her own company: Redactron, a new maker of word processors. Redactron moved into its first building in December 1969. Redactron's first word processors were delivered in September 1971-one and a half years after the company was started with only nine people. A worldwide marketing organization was set up as well as a service organization, and Redactron grew. In 1975, it employed just under 500 people. Redactron was sold in 1976 to the Burroughs Corporation.

Berezin has served on Boards of a number of public companies, including CIGNA, Koppers Co., Datapoint, and Standard Microsystems. Additionally, she has worked as Advisor or Board member with about 20 start-up technology companies. Berezin is currently on the Board of Directors of the Stony Brook (University) Foundation and is a member of the Oversight Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at NYU.

Category

Transcription

Subject

New York City; Bronx; New York University (NYU); Hunter College; International Printing Ink, Ltd.; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Atomic Energy Commission (AEC); Lubkin, Samuel; Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation; ENIAC; Teleregister Corporation; Elecom; United Airlines; AT&T; General Electric; Digitronics; Redactron; International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Burroughs; National Bureau of Standards (NBS); SEAC (Standards Eastern Automatic Computer)

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7126.2014

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102746875 Berezin, Evelyn oral history : 2015 fellow