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Baker, William O. (William Oliver), 1915-2005
Oral history interview with William O. Baker, 1996 May 7.
The discussion is wide-ranging, though focused in general on the issues of improved intelligence collection during the Cold War. Dr. Baker nonetheless shared his views on numerous related matters including early science advice for President Truman, the decision for thermonuclear weapons, President Eisenhower's seminal Technological Capability and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Panels, the evolution of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, human and instrumented space flight, and advances in communications, materials and solid state science and technology that made possible overhead reconnaissance systems, among other subjects. His recall of contemporaries and their contributions in various disciplines helps illuminate a fifty-year period in which intelligence collection changed dramatically.
Chemist (physical chemistry, polymer science). Associated with Bell Laboratories from 1939. He became president of Bell Labs in 1973 and chairman of the board from 1979-1980.
Baker, William O. (William Oliver), 1915-2005
Cold War -- Reconaissance operations.
Cold War -- Technology.
Science and state -- United States -- 20th century.
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Hall, R. Cargill, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA