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Happenings: History of Computing Display at Computer Science Conference Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129616D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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John A. N. Lee: AUTHOR [+2]


Editor-in-Chief Annals of the History of Computing

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

Happenings: History of Computing Display at Computer Science Conference

John A. N. Lee

Editor-in-Chief Annals of the History of Computing

The 1989 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer Science Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA in February 1989 at the Galt House Hotels. Included in the displays were three items which were of historical significance. The University of Iowa prepared a small presentation on the contributions of John Vincent Atanasoff to the field, including some of the reconstructed pieces of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) which were prepared for the Honeywell versus Sperry-Rand suit (see Annals, Vol. 6, No. 3). A second display consisted of parts of a UNIVAC I which had been located in a garage and which is believed to have been the first nongovernment (or first industrial) system delivered. The display included the main console, a UNITYPER, 1 INITAPE, and a delay line memory unit. Examining the records of UNIVAC I installations, prepared by Carl Hammer for the 1981 NCC Pioneer Day held in Chicago, this would appear to be system number 8 which was shipped to General Electric Corporation in Louisville in January 1954. Hammer lists the directors of the computation center at that time to be Dick Peterson and Roddy Osborne.

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