Norris, William C., 1911-2006

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William C. Norris was born in 1911. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1932. He assumed management of the family farm upon the death of his father a few months later. From 1935 to 1941 he served as a sales engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company and worked in Omaha and Chicago. During World War II, Norris was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was involved in the research and development of communications and computing equipment. Following military service, Norris helped found Engineering Research Associates (ERA) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as a vice president and general manager for the firm from 1946-1955. In 1952, ERA became a subsidiary of the Remington Rand Corporation. Remington Rand merged with the Sperry Corporation to form the Sperry Rand Corporation in 1955. Norris served as vice president and general manager of the Univac division of Sperry Rand Corporation from 1956-1957.In 1957, Norris helped establish Control Data Corporation (CDC) with several other former Sperry Rand Univac employees. He served as President and CEO of the company from 1957 until his retirement in 1986. Norris retained a position on the Board of Directors of CDC until 1991.

From the description of William C. Norris papers 1946-1988. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 311749750

In June 1957, William C. Norris left his position as vice president and general manager at Sperry Rand-Univac and joined others to form the Control Data Corporation (CDC). Norris served as president of the company from June 1957 until he retired in 1986. Norris retained a position on the Board of Directors of CDC until 1991.During his time as president of CDC, Norris became interested in a variety of causes and business ventures, such as corporate social responsibility, computer-based education and PLATO, economic development and job creation, and U.S. trade and technology transfer with the Soviet Union and Japan.

From the description of Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris executive papers 1946-1995. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 613437272

Founder of Control Data Corporation.

From the description of Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1977. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62401888

Control Data Corporation executive.

From the description of Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1982 Jan. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62423885

Norris was a founding vice president of Engineering Research Associates (ERA). He later became head of the Univac Division of Remington Rand before founding and becoming president and chief executive officer of Control Data Corporation (CDC) in 1957.

From the description of Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1986 July 28 and Oct. 1. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63295524

William C. Norris was born in 1911. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1932. He assumed management of the family farm upon the death of his father a few months later. From 1935 to 1941 he served as a sales engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company and worked in Omaha and Chicago. During World War II, Norris was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he was involved in the research and development of communications and computing equipment.

Following military service, Norris helped found Engineering Research Associates (ERA) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as a vice president and general manager for the firm from 1946-1955. In 1952, ERA became a subsidiary of the Remington Rand Corporation. Remington Rand merged with the Sperry Corporation to form the Sperry Rand Corporation in 1955. Norris served as vice president and general manager of the Univac division of Sperry Rand Corporation from 1956-1957.

In 1957, Norris helped establish Control Data Corporation (CDC) with several other former Sperry Rand Univac employees. He served as President and CEO of the company from 1957 until his retirement in 1986. Norris retained a position on the Board of Directors of CDC until 1991.

From the guide to the William C. Norris papers, 1946-1988, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi])

In June 1957, William C. Norris left his position as vice president and general manager at Sperry Rand-Univac and joined others to form the Control Data Corporation (CDC). Norris served as president of the company from June 1957 until he retired in 1986. Norris retained a position on the Board of Directors of CDC until 1991.

During his time as president of CDC, Norris became interested in a variety of causes and business ventures, such as corporate social responsibility, computer-based education and PLATO, economic development and job creation, and U.S. trade and technology transfer with the Soviet Union and Japan.

From the guide to the Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris executive papers, 1946-1995, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi])

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referencedIn Anderson, Walter L. (Walter Leonard), 1922-. Oral history interview with Walter L. Anderson, 1986 Sept. 11. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Norris, William C., 1911-2006,. Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1982 Jan. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Sperry Corporation. Univac Division. Records, 1877-1970. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Sperry Corporation. Records, 1893-1976 (bulk 1927-1965). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Engineering Research Associates. Records, 1946-1953. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Tomash, Erwin,. Oral history interview with Erwin Tomash, 1973 Mar. 14, 1973 Apr. 5. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Norris, William C., 1911-2006. Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris executive papers 1946-1995. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Norris, William C., 1911-2006,. Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1986 July 28 and Oct. 1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Ryden, Arnold J.,. Oral history interview with Arnold J. Ryden, 1983 Mar. 15. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Control Data Corporation records. Corporate administration., 1957-1991 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
creatorOf Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris executive papers, 1946-1995 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Svendsen, Edward C.,. Oral history interview with Edward C. Svendsen, 1986 Sept. 16. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Butler, William W., 1919-. Oral history interview with William W. Butler, 1984 Nov. 8, and 1984 Dec. 11. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Norris, William C., 1911-2006,. Oral history interview with William C. Norris, 1977. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Sperry Corporation. Aerospace Division. Records 1948-1975. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Sperry Corporation. Univac Division. Technical documents, 1946-1975. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Robinson, Herbert W. (Herbert William). Oral history interview with Herbert W. Robinson, 1988 July 13. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Norris, William C., 1911-. William C. Norris papers 1946-1988. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Control Data Corporation records, 1946-1991 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Organization records., 1982-1994. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Parker, John E., 1900-1989,. Oral history interview with John E. Parker, 1985 Dec. 13, 1986 May 6. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Control Data Corporation. Control Data Corporation Records, 1957-1991. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf William C. Norris papers, 1946-1988 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Computer & Communications Industry Association (U.S.). IBM antitrust trial records, 1969-1982. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Alpha Center for Public/Private Initiatives, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.). Organization records, 1982-1994. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Wakelin, James Henry,. Oral history interview with James Henry Wakelin, 1986 Feb. 27. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Control Data Corporation. Control Data Corporation records. Corporate administration. 1957-1991. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Sperry Rand Corporation. Univac Division. Sperry Rand Corporation vs. Control Data Corporation records, 1947-1975. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Rubens, Sidney Michel,. Oral history interview with Sidney Michel Rubens, 1986 Jan. 6, 1986 Jan. 15. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Yuter, Seymour C.,. Technitrol, Inc., lawsuit records, 1945-1976. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Duncan, Hugh,. Oral history interview with Hugh Duncan, 1986 Aug. 14. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Dumey, Arnold,. Oral history interview with Arnold Dumey, 1984 Oct. 9. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Sperry Rand Corporation. Univac Division. Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand Records, 1935-1973. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Keye, William R., 1921-. Oral history interview with William R. Keye, 1981 Nov. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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associatedWith Alpha Center for Public/Private Initiatives, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Walter L. (Walter Leonard), 1922- person
associatedWith Birkenstock, James W. (James Warren), 1912- person
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associatedWith Computer & Communications Industry Association (U.S.). corporateBody
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associatedWith Duncan, Hugh, person
associatedWith Engineering Research Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Engstrom, Howard T. person
associatedWith International Business Machines Corporation. corporateBody
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associatedWith Norberg, Arthur L. (Arthur Lawrence), 1938- person
associatedWith Northwestern Aeronautical Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, John E., 1900-1989. person
associatedWith Pine, Carol. person
associatedWith Robinson, Herbert W. (Herbert William) person
associatedWith Rubens, Sidney Michel, person
associatedWith Ryden, Arnold J., person
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associatedWith Svendsen, Edward C., person
associatedWith Tomash, Erwin, person
associatedWith Tompkins, Charles Brown, 1912- person
associatedWith United States. Navy. Communications Supplementary Activities-Washington. corporateBody
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associatedWith Wakelin, James Henry, person
associatedWith Yuter, Seymour C., person
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United States
United States
Soviet Union
United States
Japan
United States
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Univac file computer
PLATO (Electronic computer system)
ERA 1101 (Computer)
Computer industry--Mergers
Employee health promotion
Chief executive officers--Biography
Computer industry--History
Whirlwind computer
Technology transfer--Government policy--United States
ERA 1103 (Computer)
United States--Foreign economic relations
Chief executive officers--United States--Biography
Computer-assisted instruction
Employee assistance programs
Entrepreneurship
Computer managed instruction
Consolidation and merger of corporations--Prevention
Defense contracts
ERA 1102 (Computer)
United States--Foreign economic relations--Japan
United States--Foreign economic relations--Soviet Union
Technology transfer
Computers--History
East--West trade
Consolidation and merger of corporations--United States--Prevention
Technology transfer--Government policy
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Birth 1911-07-14

Death 2006-08-21

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