At the System Development Corporation, Doyle (b.1926) was involved with two of the earliest online retrieval systems: BOLD and Protosynthex.  In the spring of 1960, he worked on the SAGE system (Bellardo & Bourne).  Dolby wanted a practical system for reading, writing, and answering questions in natural English.  The result was Protosynthex I, on which he worked with Robert Simmons.  Dolby also performed research with Borko, the focus of which was documentation, communication, and linguistic research.  They considered information science “a true interdisciplinary science involving the efforts of librarians, logicians, engineers, mathematicians, and behavior scientists” (Glynn Harmon).

Selected Publications by Doyle:

(1961) Semantic road maps for literature searchers. Journal of the ACM, 8(4): 553-578

(1961) Information retrieval. Communications of the ACM, 4(4): 195

(1962) Associated characteristics of words in text.  Communications of the ACM, 5(4): 223

(1963) The microstatics of text. Information Storage and Retrieval, 1(4): 189-214

(1964) Sixty Ideas in Sixty Months. Santa Monica: System Development Corporation

(1965) Is automatic classification a reasonable application of statistical analysis of text? Journal of the ACM, 12(4): 473-489

(1975) Information Retrieval and Processing. Los Angeles: Melville Publishing