Merzbach provides a brief overview of the history of electronic computing. She begins with the early projects in the 1940s that grew out of the need for advanced military technology, such as the ENIAC, the EDVAC, the Institute for Advanced Study computer, and the Whirlwind computer. She touches on the transition from military to commercial computers, with the UNIVAC of Eckert and Mauchly and International Business Machine's 650 and 700 series. She discusses early memory systems (mercury delay line, Williams electrostatic storage tube, Selectron tube, and magnetic drum) and how they were all superseded by the magnetic core in the 1950s.
Merzbach also cites the development of FORTRAN, the first high-level programming language.
Uta C. Merzbach, OH 28. Oral history interview by George D. Green for American Business History series, 15 September 1980, Washington, D.C. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107492
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Merzbach, Uta C., 1933-.
Oral history interview with Uta C. Merzbach.
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