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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 2 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1984-Apr-01
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Abstract

The authors of the first article in this issue state: ";There are a few individuals who, because their work is classified by their government for security reasons, cannot receive the full recognition in the scientific community that they might rightfully deserve."; Walter Jacobs was such a person, and the review of his life and work by Joseph Blum, Robert L. Kirby, and Jack Minker provides us with a rare opportunity to look at a distinguished career that made an important contribution to this country's computing capability, but without the fanfare that accompanied others.

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Copyright ©; 1984 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 2 April 1984 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....99

Articles Eloge: Walter W. Jacobs, 1914-1982 - Joseph Blum, Robert L. Kirby, and Jack Minker.....100 The Genesis of an Early Stored-Program Computer: CSIRAC - M. Beard and T.
Pearcey.....106 John Mauchly's Early Years - Kathleen R. Mauchly.....116 An Early Program
Proof by Alan Turing - F. L. Morris and C. B. Jones.....139 The SPREAD Discussion Continued -
Herbert Hellerman, Robert W. O'Neill, Gene M. Amdahl, and Jerome Svigals.....144

Departments Anecdotes.....152 Origin of the Term Bit The Soviets and the ENIAC - John Grist
Brainerd

Self-Study Questions.....156

Meetings in Retrospect.....157 Howard Aiken and the Harvard Computation Laboratory - M. R.
Williams Aiken Observed - Cuthbert C. Hurd

Comments, Queries, and Debate.....163 Origins of Antiaircraft Analog Computers - Allan G.
Bromley "The First Bug"Examined - Fred R. Shapiro

News and Notices.....166

Reviews.....167 P. E. Ceruzzi, Reckoners Henry S. Tropp E. A. Feigenbaum and P. McCorduck,
The Fifth Generation - Philip H. Dorn A. Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma - Martin Campbell- Kelly S. S. Husson, Anniversary Issue, IBM J. Research and Development - Eric A. Weiss M. Ledger, "The ENIAC," Pennsylvania Gazette - Eric A. Weiss Capsule Reviews

Cumulative Index to Volumes 1-5, Annals of the History of Computing..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

The authors of the first article in this issue state: "There are a few individuals who, because their work is classified by their government for security reasons, cannot receive the full recognition in the scientific community that they might rightfully deserve." Walter Jacobs was such a person, and the review of his life and work by Joseph Blum, Robert L. Kirby, and Jack Minker provides us with a rare opportunity to look at a distinguished career that made an important contribution to this country's computing capability, but without the fanfare that accompanied others.

The second article, by Maston Beard and Trevor Pearcey, describes one of the early computers in Australia, and shows us the state of the art "down under" during the late 1940s. Here is an example of how the interactions among computer pioneers enabled ideas and technologies to leap across the oceans and take root in other countries. The CSIRAC, one of the earliest vacuum-tube stored-program computers, was notable for its logical design, which made programming easier. It may be the only complete first-generation machine still in existence!

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