Artifact Details

Title

Birnbaum, Joel oral history

Catalog Number

102746891

Type

Text

Date

2014-03-14

Contributor

Birnbaum, Joel S., Interviewee
Dennis, Eric, Videographer
House, Charles H., Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

68 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

This two-part interview series with Joel Birnbaum is insightful for his unique role as both the IBM research Vice President and later the Hewlett-Packard research Vice President. He led IBM’s original research team with John Cocke investigating and prototyping RISC architectures, and followed that by bringing RISC technology to HP and applying it much more broadly to new computing domains.

The first interview primarily covers Birnbaum’s schooling, family, and career at IBM, with poignant insights into how IBM research was conducted, and how Birnbaum was lured to HP. One key story is how the original RISC work was done quickly, in a planned partnership with Ericsson to change telephony computing. Multiple insights are provided regarding specific projects and people that were at IBM Research.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Cornell university; YALE University; User interfaces (Computer systems); voicemail; Kobeyashi, Hasashi; Luke, Tony; Chandra, Ashok; Knuth, Donald; Allen, Fran; COBOL; PalmPilot; iPhone; Jobs, Steve; Platt, Lew

Collection Title

CHM Oral History Collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7119.2014

Related Records

102780991 Birnbaum, Joel oral history part 2