Charles Percy Bourne

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Title: Information Scientist, Educator

Company: Charles Bourne and Associates

Location: Menlo Park, California, United States

Charles Percy Bourne, President of Charles Bourne and Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Library Sciences.

Mr. Bourne is the president of his own information sciences firm, Charles Bourne and Associates, since 1970, and is currently working on an oral history at the Computer History Museum, as well as an oral history for the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He has accrued over 60 years of information science research and leadership, and dedicated 15 years as vice president of the general information division of Dialog Information Services Inc. in Palo Alto, California from 1977 to 1992. Now 86 years old, he continues to work with the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences in his spare time, which he has continued to do since 1967.

Born in San Francisco to Frank Percy and Edith Bourne in 1931, Mr. Bourne joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1950 and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BS in electrical engineering in 1957. He worked with the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park to the title of senior research engineer, and was the vice president at Information General Corp. from 1966 to 1970 as director of the Institute of Library Research with Berkeley from 1971 to 1977. Over the course of his career, he has been a delegate-at-large of the White House Conference Library and Information Services, a network advisory committee member of the Library of Congress, and the 1978 Sarada Rangnathan Lecturer in Bangalore, India.  In 1979, Mr. Bourne notably became a U.S. delegate for the United Nations Educational Intergovernmental Conference on Science and Technology Information for Development. He has been a leader with the American Library Association, the American Society of Information Science and Technology, and the National Information Standards Organization.

Mr. Bourne is the co-author of “A History of Online Information Services” and the author of “Technology in Support of Library Science and Information Service”. He is the recipient of a 1965 Annual Award of Merit from the America Documentation Institute and a 2004 Best Information Science Book Award from the American Society of Information Science and Technology. Mr. Bourne was selected to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and is recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert. He has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World. He is the proud father of Glen Wade and Holly Ann with his wife, Elizabeth A. Scheidtmann.

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