Includes correspondence, sample programs of Computest (early version of Pilot), and
materials detailing the development of Pilot, various Pilot user manuals.
John Amsden Starkweather was born on August 30, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan. During World
War II, he served in the U. S. Coast Guard and attended the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in
New London, Connecticut. He obtained his A.B. degree in Art from Yale in 1950, and
graduate degrees from Northwestern University (M.A., Experimental Psychology, 1953;
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1955). During his Ph.D. candidacy, he was an assistant
research psychologist at the University of California San Francisco campus, and a
lecturer in psychology at Northwestern. After obtaining his Ph.D., he returned to UCSF's
Department of Psychiatry to conduct courses in medical psychology, first as an assistant
professor (1955-1961), then associate professor (1961-1966) and later as a full professor
(1966-1992) and emeritus professor (1992-). He also has lectured in pharmacology
(1956-1962) and in psychology at U. C. Berkeley (1957-1958).