Harvard Mark III resistor/capacitor assembly

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Date Introduced
1949 ca.
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
overall: 1 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in
Manufacturer
Harvard University
Credit Line
Gift of Gerald W. LaVigne
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
102682082

The Harvard Mark III used mixed technologies: about 2,000 relays and 5,000 vacuum tubes. The January 23, 1950 cover article of Time magazine predicted, too enthusiastically, that Aiken’s third calculator would have “more effect on mankind than atomic energy.”