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James Nairn Patterson Hume fonds
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James Nairn Patterson Hume fonds

  • UTA 1403
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1997

Records in this fonds document to varying degrees the dual aspects of Prof. Hume’s career – as a computer scientist and as a teacher of physics. This fonds does not, in any substantial way, document his many administrative roles within the Univer...

Hume, James Nairn Patterson

Artifacts

Acquired with this fonds are two artifacts from early computers. A vacuum tube from FERUT and a tape spool winder.

Art and Letters Club

Since the 1960s, Prof. Hume has been an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, serving as its President from 1976-1978. This series documents his participation especially in the Annual Spring Review which he often helped to write,...

Broadcasting and film

Prof. Hume and Prof. Donald Ivey of the Department of Physics were pioneers in educational television, having developed their first 12 part program “Focus on Physics” in 1958. This was co-sponsored by CBC and the University of Toronto. The succe...

Teaching

This series includes lectures, notes, course outlines, assignments for courses taught by Prof Hume, mainly through the 1970s and 1980s: CSC 108, CSC 201, CSC 280, CSC 354, CSC 2205. There is also documentation on early Physics courses he taught i...

Professional activities

This series has some documentation on various activities and groups that Prof. Hume was involved with including the Royal Society of Canada, Massey College, and the Department of Computer Science. There are a few files on professional associatio...

Talks and addresses

This series documents Prof. Hume’s talks and addresses on various subjects. General interest topics often discussed the growth of computers in society, changes in technology, and the development of computer languages. These were written for gener...

Publishing

This series documents a number of Prof. Hume’s published works. Included are typescripts, drafts and related documentation on several papers including an early 1955 paper on the FERUT computer language TRANSCODE: A System of Automatic Coding for ...

Professional correspondence

Professional correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically. It documents Prof. Hume’s varied activities but, noting the volume (1 box), it is clear that it is by no means complete. Early correspondence files contain job offers, discu...

Education

Prof. Hume was a University of Toronto graduate of Math and Physics (B.A. 1945) and subsequently did both his M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1949) in Physics at the University of Toronto. This small series contains a notebook from his undergraduate years ...

Biographical

This series gives researchers a good overview of Prof. Hume’s career and highlights. It includes biographical sketches, C.V., clippings, awards and correspondence regarding his various appointments. Photographs of Prof. Hume and relating to his ...