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Early computer invention in 1946...



Item # 658941

February 15, 1946

CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, February 15, 1946 

* Eniac 1 invention (early computer) 
* 1st electronic computer (historic) 
* John Mauchly & J. Presper Eckert Jr.
 

The front page has a two column heading: "Robot Calculator Knocks Out Figures Like Chain Lightning" Page 2 has a photo of the inventors. Two more related photos are on the back page. (see) Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Complete with all 36 pages, light toning at the margins, small library stamp within the masthead, small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

wikipedia notes: ENIAC, short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, was the first general-purpose electronic computer. Precisely, it was the first high-speed, purely electronic, Turing-complete, digital computer capable of being reprogrammed to solve a full range of computing problems,[2] since earlier machines had been built with some of these properties. ENIAC was designed and built to calculate artillery firing tables for the U.S. Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory.


The contract was signed on June 5, 1943 and Project PX was constructed by the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering from July, 1943. It was unveiled on February 14, 1946 at Penn, having cost almost $500,000. ENIAC was shut down on November 9, 1946 for a refurbishment and a memory upgrade, and was transferred to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland in 1947. There, on July 29 of that year, it was turned on and would be in continuous operation until 11:45 p.m. on October 2, 1955.

ENIAC was conceived and designed by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert of the University of Pennsylvania.[3] The team of design engineers assisting the development included Bob Shaw (function tables), Chuan Chu (divider/square-rooter), Kite Sharpless (master programmer), Arthur Burks (multiplier), Harry Huskey (reader/printer), and Jack Davis (accumulators).

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