The interviewees describe their experiences at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering in the 1940s. Eckert outlines disputes he and John Mauchly had with the University administration over the assignment of patent rights to the ENIAC, and disputes over other issues with John G. Brainerd, the first director of the ENIAC project. Eckert and McNulty share their views on John von Neumann's influence on the ENIAC and EDVAC projects. The group discusses the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand litigation and the judgement against Eckert and Mauchly's patent claim to the electronic digital computer. They uniformly dispute the court's finding in favor of John V. Atanasoff's contribution. Other topics include: the use of the ENIAC in atomic bomb tests, and the programming and memory systems of the ENIAC, EDVAC, and UNIVAC.
J. Presper Eckert, Kathleen Mauchly, William Cleaver, and James McNulty, OH 11. Oral history interview by Nancy Stern, 23 January 1980. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107218
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Cleaver, William; Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), 1919-; Mauchly, Kathleen; McNulty, James.
Oral history interview with J. Presper Eckert, Kathleen Mauchly, William Cleaver, and James McNulty.
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