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Title: Oral history interview with Carl Chambers
Authors: Chambers, Carl
Keywords: Computer history
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957
University of Pennsylvania ; United States. -- Office of Scientific Research and Development. -- National Defense
United States. -- Army
Research Committee
Moore School of Electrical Engineering
Mauchly, John W. (John William), 1907-1980
ENIAC (Computer)
Electronic digital computers
EDVAC (Computer)
Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), 1919-
Computers -- United States -- Patents
Computers -- United States -- History
Brainerd, John G. (John Grist), 1904-1988
Issue Date: 30-Nov-1977
Publisher: Charles Babbage Institute
Citation: Carl Chambers, OH 7. Oral history interview by Nancy B. Stern, 30 November 1977, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107216
Abstract: Chambers discusses the initiation and progress of the ENIAC project at the University of Pennsylvania Moore School of Electrical Engineering. He recalls the conditions under which John Mauchly, one of the ENIAC designers, came to the Moore School in 1941, Mauchly's 1943 proposal to the Army for a computer project, the National Defense Research Committee's initial denial of funds because of its commitment to analog computing, and the start of the ENIAC project six months later. Chambers describes the interactions among the ENIAC staff, and focuses on the personalities and working relationships of Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. He recounts their conflicts with project director John Grist Brainerd, and the commercial interests they first envisioned in 1944. Chambers discusses John von Neumann's involvement from 1944 in the EDVAC project, the financial strains that accompanied this project, and the patent disagreement that led Eckert and Mauchly to resign from the faculty. He concludes with his views on the importance of the 1946 Moore School summer course, "Theory and techniques for design of electronic digital computers," now known as the "Moore School Lectures" in disseminating computer technology.
Description: Transcript, 45 pp.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/107216
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