NAME: Harold Borko
DATES: 1922-2012
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WORKED AT: SDC; UCLA
OTHER INFORMATION: Borko worked for: System Development Corp.; Professor, UCLA; Associate head of language processing and retrieval group, SDC 1964. He completed research with Doyle and Simmons. While at SDC, he "wanted to understand concepts of underlying retrieval of information from documents with the practical goal of automating the process." The result was BOLD. In 1967, Borko took a faculty position at UCLA - School of Library Service. 

While at SDC, he "used a time-shared computer connected to teletypewriters and cathode ray tubes to search for and display titles and to compare various indexing methods" (Farkas-Conn). He sees information science as "a true discipline that investigates the properties and behavior of information, the forces governing the flow of information, and the means for processing information for optimal accessibility and usability" (Shera article).

For an obituary and brief biographical information see: http://gseis.ucla.edu/news-events/news-items/harold-borko-1922-2012-professor-pioneered-information-studies-at-ucla

AWARDS: 1988 Outstanding Information Science Teacher(ASIS); 1994 Award of Merit(ASIS).
OFFICES: SDC. No specific plans for deposit but possibly UCLA Special Collections Division.
FINDING AID:
SOURCE: Phone conversation with Harold Borko, 9/95.

VIEW IMAGES OF HAROLD BORKO
           Age about 40
           Hal Borko Receiving Award of Merit
           Oct. 1998 Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems

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