[SIGCIS-Members] petroleum and computers

Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Tue Sep 14 06:43:27 PDT 2010


I passed your query on to Eric Weiss, who worked for one of the major oil companies in those days. Eric has been somewhat hard to get hold of, but last I heard he is OK and living comfortably in Hawaii. If anyone on the list has more recent news, perhaps you could let me know (off-list).

Paul E. Ceruzzi, MRC 311, National Air and Space Museum, PO Box 37012, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013-7012. phone: 202-633-2414. 

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From: members-bounces at sigcis.org [mailto:members-bounces at sigcis.org] On Behalf Of Deborah Douglas
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 6:47 PM
To: members at sigcis.org
Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] petroleum and computers


Recently, I received a question about a claim that the petroleum- 
seeking geophysics industry was once the greatest consumer of  
computers, only surpassed at some later point by the federal  
government.  No citation was given and there is quite a bit of  
skepticism but where would you advise us to look to refute this claim  
(or perhaps my own aerospace bias is too strong and the claim is true!).


Debbie Douglas

Deborah G. Douglas, Ph.D.
Curator of Science and Technology
MIT Museum, N51-209
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
ddouglas at mit.edu *  617-253-1766 phone  *  617-253-8994 fax
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