Dunning and Kataw Receive Norberg Grants

Hanan Kataw and David E. Dunning are the Norberg Travel Grant recipients for 2022. Kataw, who is ABD in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is researching a dissertation, “The Digital Avant-Garde Industry, 1990-2020.” Her work examines the “intertwined history of the digital avant-garde in architecture and the software and hardware industries” that developed around animation and digital fabrication over three decades beginning in 1990. The Charles Babbage Institute has unparalleled archival collections in computer graphics, and she will principally draw from one these stellar graphics collections, Wavefront Records.

Dr. David Dunning completed his Ph.D. in the History of Science in 2020 in the History of Science, and Princeton University. He is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate, History of Mathematics research group, Mathematical Institute, affiliate, Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. He is using his grant to conduct research for his book. His project is entitled, “To Program Language: A History of What We Talk with in the Age of Computing.” His book “will branch out from computing to encompass encounters with programming across disciplines and discourses,” while the core remains focused on programming languages such as COBOL and ALGOL. He will use our Alan J. Perlis Papers to do research on ALGOL and our CODASYL records to study COBOL. He will also draw from our Jean Sammet donated Papers and our History of Programming Language Conference Records, the behind-the-scenes documentation of this important historical conference organized and run by former ACM President and longtime IBM software engineer and manager Jean Sammet.

The Arthur L. Norberg Travel Grant Program provides research travel support to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to come to CBI to conduct archival research on dissertations, articles, books, and other projects.

Jeffrey R. Yost

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