Artifact Details

Title

Cherney, Joseph oral history

Catalog Number

102738033

Type

Text

Date

2015-12-02; 2015-12-09

Contributor

Cherney, Joseph F., Interviewee
Spicer, Dag, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Santa Clara, CA and Garden Grove, CA

Extent

30 p.

Format

PDF

Description

Cherney came of age during WWII, enlisting in the US Navy on graduation from high school in 1944. He trained as an electronic technician servicing radio, radar, and other shipboard high frequency electronic systems. In 1950, the Korean War hostilities began and Cherney was offered a position at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, home to the US Army’s ballistics research facilities. While there, he was responsible for maintenance of the ENIAC computing system until its decommissioning in 1955. In this account, Cherney describes in detail the vacuum tube technology behind the computer as well as the many challenges of keeping such a complex system operational.

Category

Transcription

Subject

US Navy; South Dakota State College; ENIAC; EDVAC; ORDVAC; VERDAN; FADAC

Collection Title

CHM oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7692.2016