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Betty Romer

Betty Romer was interviewed by John Servos on June 13, 2012.  An excerpt from the interview is below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

Betty Romer provides a history of computing at Amherst College from 1968 when she was hired as a part-time staff member with a degree in mathematics and work experience at the Bell Labs, until 1996 when she left her position as Director of Academic Computing to enroll in the docent program at the Wadsworth Atheneum.   From the IBM1130 to personal computing, Ms. Romer sheds light on the budgetary challenges and the changing needs of student and faculty over the decades.  She was the driving force behind the growth of computer services at Amherst.

John Servos is currently the Anson D. Moore Professor of History.   He teaches survey courses on the history of Western medicine, the history of science, and the history of science in America.  He is a regular participant in the First-Year Seminar and author of Physical Chemistry from Ostwald to Pauling

  • Romer talks about the early computer culture at Amherst:
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