Artifact Details

Title

ENIAC

Catalog Number

102695540

Type

Audio

Date

1976-06-14

Credits

Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper)

Place of Publication

Los Alamos, NM, US

Identifying Numbers

Other number #31 Original tape numbering system

Duration

00:25:00

Format

Compact audio cassette

Description

John Mauchly, reading for Presper Eckert, provides a history of the ENIAC computer in which he attempts to fill in some gaps not present in other histories. Among the subjects he discusses are: deficiencies in transmitting information vital to the operation of the ENIAC to some users; administrative and practical concerns related to doing "classified" work; time spent teaching at Ursinus College; arrival at the Moore School in 1941; the initial contract and extensions for the ENIAC; reasons why a decimal system was used in the ENIAC; information about the ENIAC stores; and patent issues. The talk begins with an introduction by project supervisor and conference session chair J. G. Brainerd, who discusses the atmosphere at the Moore School and conditions leading to the development of the ENIAC.

Reel covers 2:00 to 2:42 PM.

Roughly corresponds to "The ENIAC" in _A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century," ed. N. Metropolis, J. Howlett, and Gian-Carlo Rosa.

Category

Lecture

Series Title

International Research Conference on the History of Computing

Credit

Gift of George Michael

Lot Number

X3863.2007