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Harold Wooster, 86; Computer Pioneer

Harold Wooster, 86; Computer Pioneer

By Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 3, 2005; Page B06

Harold Wooster, whose decades-long career in information science influenced the development of computer technology and medical television, died of a heart attack May 20 at the Carlisle (Pa.) Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

As chief of the information sciences division of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in the 1960s, Dr. Wooster awarded crucial early grants to many of the scientists and engineers whose research spurred the development of the Internet and personal computer. In the 1970s, while working at the National Library of Medicine, he supervised pioneering experiments in telemedicine, including studies on how residents of remote Alaskan islands could receive advice from doctors on the mainland.

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