Nie, Norman oral history
Norman Nie discusses the development of the SPSS statistical analysis software product that was developed when he was a graduate student at Stanford University and how it was distributed by Stanford and then the University of Chicago until the IRS determined that the income received from had to be declared as unrelated business income. This forced Nie and his associates to form the company SPSS to distribute it as a commercial product. He describes how this resulted in a model for commercializing products developed in university research laboratories which has become widely used in many industries and how the funding of the development of SPSS differed from similar products developed by early competitors. He presents his view of IBM's role in forming the early software industry and his view on how the difficulty of developing a second successful software product is a significant inhibitor to the growth of the software industry.
Johnson, Luanne, Interviewer; Editor
Nie, Norman, Interviewee
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Nie, Norman; SPSS software; Bent, Dale; Hull, Tex; BMD statistical software; SAS; ISSCO
Oral history collection