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Biographies: Grosch Claims Title of "Oldest Living Computer"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129925D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

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Keith Smillie: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Department of Computing Science University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta TOG 2A4 smillie@cs.ualberta.ca

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Copyright ©; 1996 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Biographies: Grosch Claims Title of "Oldest Living Computer"

Keith Smillie

Department of Computing Science University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta TOG 2A4 smillie@cs.ualberta.ca

Herbert Grosch points out that he was made a computer at the University of Michigan Observatory in February, 1936. In March of that year, he co-authored a paper, "Elements and Ephemeris of Delporte Object 1936 CA," published by the observatory that summarizes his computations. This may prove he is the oldest computer still computing. He invites congratulations, comments, and evidence of any earlier living computers, which may be sent to him at PO. Box 4990, University Park Branch, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

While the editors of the Annals decline to take part in claims of priority, they look forward to some vigorous correspondence.

IEEE Computer Society, Apr 30, 1996 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 18 Number 1, Page 70