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Oettinger, Anthony G.  Papers of Anthony Oettinger : an inventory

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This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUGFP 59
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Oettinger, Anthony G.
Title: Papers of Anthony Oettinger, ca. 1952-1973
Date(s): 1952-1973
Quantity: 9.75 cubic feet (28 boxes)
Abstract: The collection contains a portion of the professional papers of Anthony Gervin Oettinger (1929- ) who teaches applied mathematics and information resources policy at Harvard University. Dr. Oettinger's research interests have expanded to include not only computer science, but the social and political aspects of computers as they relate to communication and information policy.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

Accession number 10439, 1985 June 10 from Anthony Oettinger.
Accession number 12859, 1994 April 28 from Program on Information Resources Policy.
Accession number 13065, 1995 April 27 from Division of Applied Sciences.

Access to Collection:

Permission is required for access to this collection. Contact the Harvard University Archives Reference staff for details.

Related Materials

Related archival collections in the Harvard University Archives include Records of the Harvard University Computation Laboratory (UAV 362.7xxx) and Records of the Program on Information Resources Policy (UAV 460.8xxx). See also publications by and about Anthony G. Oettinger cataloged in Harvard's on-line library information system.

Biography of Anthony G. Oettinger

Anthony Gervin Oettinger (1929- ) is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Information Resources Policy at Harvard University. As his titles imply, Dr. Oettinger's research interests extend to include not only computer science, but the social and political aspects of computers as they relate to communication and information policy.
Oettinger was born in Nuremberg, Germany on March 29, 1929. He attended the Bronx High School of Science in New York, New York, graduating in 1947, and then went on to attend Harvard College, receiving his A.B. degree in 1951. In 1954 he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in Applied Mathematics.
He began teaching at Harvard University as an instructor in mathematics (1955-1956), later becoming assistant professor (1957-1960) and then associate professor of Applied Mathematics and Linguistics (1960-1963). He was appointed Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics in 1963 and director of the Program on Information Technologies and Public Policy at Harvard University in 1973. In 1975 he became Professor of Information Resources Policy.


Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection of professional papers is as yet incomplete. Currently it consists of material related to Oettinger's directorship of the National Academy of Sciences Science and Engineering Board (1967-1973), early correspondence, (ca. 1952-ca. 1966), early publications (ca. 1958-ca. 1963), and teaching material for courses in applied mathematics, linguistics, educational technology, and communication.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 14.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Computer science -- Mathematics.
Machine translating.
Mathematical linguistics.
Mathematics -- Study and teaching.
Harvard University. Computation Laboratory.
Harvard University -- Faculty.
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) Computer Science and Engineering Board.