Most Memorable Career Highlight
It all came together for me in 1958 at the International
Conference on Scientific Information (ICSI). A paper* I had submitted for
ICSI, "Subject-word letter frequencies with applications to superimposed
coding," was accepted by the chairman of Section 5, H. P. Luhn. Later,
I received a set of preprints of all the conference papers.
We produced our index entirely with IBM tabulating (punched-card) machines,
but Luhn used punched cards only for input, converted the data to punched-paper
tape, and used a computer to produce the final index. However, the appearance
of the printed indexes was practically identical.
Similar systems were developed during or just after World War II, but this must have been the right moment for mechanical/computerized indexing to go public.
* The work leading to this paper had been done while I was employed
by Carrier Corporation.
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