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Catalog Number 13.0021.038
Title Invitation: Retirement Celebration for Arnold W. Pratt from DCRT
Description .01 Invitation. Gray cardstock with silver DCRT imprint and black printing for retirement celebration of Arnold Warburton Pratt, MD, director of DCRT.

.02 RSVP card and envelope.
Object Name Invitation
Date May 31, 1990
Accession number 13.0021
Caption Invitation: Retirement Celebration for Arnold W. Pratt from DCRT
Catalog date 2015-01-05
Catalog type History
Provenance For retirement celebration of Arnold Warburton Pratt, MD, firstdirector of DCRT. The founding director of what is now the Center for Information Technology, Arnold Pratt enrolled in Hobart College in 1940. In 1942, after the U.S. became embroiled in World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps which enrolled him in an accelerated program intended to bolster the number of new physicians. Pratt thus enrolled in University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1943, on completion of three years at Hobart. When he received his MD in 1946, he moved to New York City where he interned at the New York Hospital, followed by a year on the hospital house staff. In 1948, Pratt was appointed Resident Physician at Cornell Medical School and at the same time served as a Research Associate. In 1948, he enlisted in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). His first assignment was to the NIH, where he served his entire career. Pratt began at NIH as a member of Laboratory of Physical Biology. He was appointed head of the Section on Energy Metabolism of the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Physiology. As computers became more common, Pratt became interested in applying this new tool to biomedical research. NIH had, in 1960, established its first unit dedicated to information processing with the creation of a Computation and and Data Processing Branch in the Division of Research Services. This was followed by the establishment in 1964, of a free-standing Divison of Computer Research and Technology (DCRT). The unit was headed by two successive Acting Directors until 1966, when Pratt was appointed director of DCRT. He guided DCRT over a period of rapidly changing computer hardware and software and became renown for his investigations on computational linguistics. Pratt stepped down as head of DCRT in 1990. On his retirement he remarked to the NIH Record, "As fruitful as the past has been, the future promises even more as the ideas and aspirations of computer science are realized in the laboratory and the clinic." After retiring, he and his wife moved to Sun City West in Arizona. He died in Washington, DC while visiting the area.
Number of images 2
Updated 2015-01-05
Condition Good
Organizations NIH; OD, ORS, Division of Computer Research and Technology
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # none
People Pratt, Arnold W.