Oliver, Bernard ("Barney") M. (1916–1995)
Bernard Oliver was, for many years, vice president for research and development at the Hewlett-Packard
Corporation and a leading advocate of SETI.
Oliver was among the early pioneers to consider in detail the problems of
interstellar communication and attended the seminal Green
Bank conference (1961). Together with John Billingham,
he developed the proposal for Project Cyclops and subsequently became chief of NASA's SETI program in the 1980s, managing
the joint teams involved in the High Resolution
Microwave Survey at the NASA Ames Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Oliver received
a B.A. in electrical engineering from Stanford University (1935) and Ph.D.
from the California Institute of Technology (1940). He joined Hewlett-Packard
in 1952 and served as head of R&D there for 25 years. He was also adjunct
professor in the Astronomy Department at the University
of California, Berkeley.