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Abstract:Boris N. Malinovsky’s Pioneers of Soviet Computing is the English language version of his earlier Russian language The History of Computing in Personalities (in Russian:История Вычислительной Техники в Лицах). Partly technical history and partly a memoir, it is the only existing first person account of the birth of modern computing in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. ...more
ebook, 201 pages
Published 2010 by SIGCIS (Special Interest Group: Computers, Information, Society)

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(Review of 2010 online 2nd edition.)

Malinovsky (b1921) is a Russian/Ukrainian who began working on computers as a grad student in the 1950s in the USSR. His book is a mix of personal reminiscences, bios, primary documents & long quotations from memoirs, a diary contrasting '40s/'50s to his life in the '90s after a heart problem sent him to the hospital, and in this American edition a preface explaining the circumstances of an online release & appendix containing academic reviews of the E
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Rm102
Jun 06, 2019 added it
A unique English-language source on a topic left doubly untouched. Suffers more from the lack of other translated material than its own construction; the memoir style, assembled into parallel silos tracking individual research teams, begs for a cohesive nuts-and-bolts history to supply context even as it derives its value from creating narratives.
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