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Howard Aiken: Portrait Of A Computer Pioneer
Howard Hathaway Aiken (1900-1973) was a major figure of the early digital era. He is best known for his first machine, the IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator or Harvard Mark I, conceived in 1937 and put into operation in 1944. He also made contributions to the development of applications for the new machines and to the creation of a university curriculum for comp ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published June 8th 1999 by MIT Press (MA)
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Howard Aiken developed one of the first world's first computers, although since machines like the Colossus became known, his Mark I is no longer regarded as the first computer. I'm not sure that it would count anyway, since it wasn't electronic and didn't have any stored program capability. I must say that I struggled with this book. The history of the Mark I was interesting, but I found the book quite dry and academic, and Aiken's personality irritating -- he had a tendency to be very hard and ...more
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