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Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing

The second talk in our series on Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm. See below for more details.

Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing: Origins in the Engineering Research Associates

October 8th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120 (West Bank)

Did a Minnesota start-up company create the country's first stored-program computer? This informal evening talk, the second in a year-long series of public lectures given by staff at the Charles Babbage Institute, examines the pioneering Engineering Research Associates. Organized in 1946, this St. Paul company was a seed-bed of innovative technologies and computer designs. ERA also helped create the modern computer industry, evolving into the Univac Division of Sperry-Rand as well as spinning off the notable Control Data Corporation. This talk surveys ERA's accomplishments and discusses its legacy in shaping modern computing.

Each of these monthly lectures, on Wednesday evenings, will explore a specific topic or company. We invite members of the public and university community to attend and learn more about Minnesota's "hidden history" in computing. This evening, free reprint copies of the landmark ERA volume, High-Speed Computing Devices (1950), will be available.

Future talks will be on the third Wednesday of each month from 7-8 pm.
Nov 19: Control Data Corp.
Dec 17: Univac . . . to . . . Unisys
Jan 21: Honeywell

Spring topics will include: IBM-Rochester, GOPHER, biomedical, IBM’s Blue Gene

For more information:
www.cbi.umn.edu or 612-624-5050

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