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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 3 Number 4 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1981-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
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Software Patent Institute

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Abstract

Once again we recognize a pioneer in computing who has died in recent months. Jule G. Charney was one of the first to apply computing techniques to the complex problems of global weather prediction, and Norman A. Phillips has written a tribute to him. The single major article in this issue is an important description of the development of the ENIAC computer at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, written by Arthur W. Burks and Alice R. Burks. They provide a brief review and analysis of the relevant issues raised in the patent case that evolved from the ENIAC project, and they give their interpretation of the sequence of causes and effects that led to the particular organization of the ENIAC. It is well known that many aspects of the ENIAC development are still controversial. The final court decision in the 1971-1973 Honeywell versus Sperry Rand litigation did little to put an end to the controversy. In an effort to bring to the Aruzals as many different perspectives as possible, we asked a number of people -- including everyone mentioned in the article whom we could contact -- to comment on the manuscript. Some of the respondents' suggestions were incorporated into the article by the authors; some were not. We then asked all of the respondents to read the revised version and send us any comments they wished to have published in the same issue as the article. Several such comments were received and are included here, together with reactions by the authors.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1981 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 3 Number 4 October 1981 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....307 Eloge: Jule G. Charney, 1917-1981 - Norman A.

Phillips.....308 The ENIAC: First General-Purpose Electronic Computer.....310 Arthur W. Burks
and Alice R. Burks Commentary (With Replies by the Authors) John V. Atanasoff, John Grist Brainerd, J. Presper Eckert, Kathleen R. Mauchly, Brian Randell, Konrad Zuse

Departments Meetings in Retrospect - Pioneer Day 1981: UNIVAC.....400 Comments, Queries,
and Debate.....408 News and Notices.....410 Anecdotes.....414 Reviews.....416 Torres Quevedo
Pioneers of Computing Tapes Los Alamos Conference [Material omitted]

About this Issue

Once again we recognize a pioneer in computing who has died in recent months. Jule G. Charney was one of the first to apply computing techniques to the complex problems of global weather prediction, and Norman A. Phillips has written a tribute to him.

The single major article in this issue is an important description of the development of the ENIAC computer at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, written by Arthur W. Burks and Alice R. Burks. They provide a brief review and analysis of the relevant issues raised in the patent case that evolved from the ENIAC project, and they giv...