The Development of algebraic K-theory before 1980, by Charles A. Weibel

This is a 29-page paper describing the history of algebraic, from its origins in the 1950's (due to Whitehead and Grothendieck) to about 1980.

This paper was published in Contemp. Math. 243 (1999).

This paper appeared as pp.~211-238 in the book Algebra, $K$-theory, Groups, and Education, AMS Contemp.~ Math. 243, 1999.

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