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Production Machines

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Transistor Machines

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Minuteman I Guidance Computer

Memory & Storage

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SAGE radar operator
Credit: USAF

1940s - 1960s

The roots of the electronic digital stored-program computer began in the 1940s with projects like ENIAC and the Manchester Baby. Here you will see some of the earliest computers and the strange memory technologies they used. By the late 1950s some machines built with transistors instead of vacuum tubes became the powerful ‘giant brains’ used in government and scientific research settings.

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