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Thomas Haigh is an associate professor in the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a partner in The Haigh Group, a historical services organization. He has two degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Haigh has published articles on the history of: the software and services industry and its leading trade association ADAPSO during the 1960s and 70s; the emergence of the search engine and portal industry; the commercialization of web and email technology; early data base management systems; word processing and office automation; connections between science fiction and the history of technology; the political and social context of the early US computer industry; and the origins of packaged software. Haigh edits the Biographies department of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, and served on the ACM History Committee. He chairs SIGCIS. He recently edited the collected works of Michael S. Mahoney on the history of computing, for Harvard University Press, authored a provocative reconsideration of the famous 1968 NATO conference on software engineering, and published a comprehensive overview of the history of computing literature for the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. A manuscript based on some of his dissertation material focused on the rise of technical expertise in administrative systems from office manager to chief information officer over the twentieth century will be submitted to Johns Hopkins Press soon. Haigh also has an interest in the social history of the personal computer, which has led to several conference presentations and some oral history interviews.
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