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The von Neumann-Ortvay Connection

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Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 7 page(s) / 39K

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DENES NAGY: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Three Hungarian scholars present a revised chronology of von Neumann's life. The correspondence between Ortvey and von Neumann published here allows insight into the early development of von Neumann's ideas about automata theory and ";the computer and the brain."; Categories and Subject Descriptor: K.2 [Computing Milleux]: History of Computing -- people, hardware, theory. F. 1 [Theory of Computation]: Computation by abstract devices -- automata, computability theory.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1989 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

The von Neumann-Ortvay Connection

DENES NAGY

PETER HORVATH

FERENC NAGY

Three Hungarian scholars present a revised chronology of von Neumann's life. The correspondence between Ortvey and von Neumann published here allows insight into the early development of von Neumann's ideas about automata theory and "the computer and the brain."

Categories and Subject Descriptor: K.2 [Computing Milleux]: History of Computing -- people, hardware, theory. F. 1 [Theory of Computation]: Computation by abstract devices -- automata, computability theory.

John von Neumann: A Revised Chronology

The chronology of John von Neumann's career given by Bochner (1958; reprinted in Goldstine 1972) does not document the important events in von Neumann's life prior to 1930. The present chronology adds to Bochner's by supplying the dates for events in the early stages of von Neumann's life.

1903 Born, Budapest, Hungary, December 28

1913- 1921

High school student, Lutheran Gymnasium, Budapest, Hungary (8-year system). Graduated 1921 (Maturity Examination)

1921- 1925

Student, University of Budapest, Hungary (mathematics major with physics and chemistry minors)

1921- 1923 Student, University of Berlin, Germany (mathematics, physics, and chemistry)

1924- 1926 Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (chemical engineering)

1926 Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Budapest, Hungary

1927- 1929 Privatdozent, Universityof Berlin, Germany

1929- 1930 Privatdozent, University of Hamburg, Germany

1930- 1933 Visiting Professor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

1933- 1957 Professor of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

1937 Gibbs Lecturer, Colloquium Lecturer, Bocher Prize (American Mathematical Society)

IEEE Computer Society, Jun 30, 1989 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 11 Number 3, Pages 183-188

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The von Neumann-Ortvay Connection

Scientific Advisory Committee, Ballistics Research Laboratories, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA

1941- 1955 Navy Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C., USA

1943- 1955 Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (AEC), Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

1945- 1967

Director, Electronic Computer Project, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

1947 D.Sc. (Honorary), Princeton University; Medal of Merit (Presidential Award);

Distinguished Civilian Service Award (U.S. Navy)

1947- 1955 Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Silver Springs, Maryland, USA

1949- 1953 Research and Development Board, Washington, D.C., USA

1949- 1954 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

1950 D.Sc. (Honorary), University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University

1950- 1955

Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Washington, D.C.; and Weapons System Evaluation Group, Washington, D.C., USA

1950- 1957 Member, B...