[SIGCIS-Members] CBI lecture series on "Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing" --> October 8

tmisa at umn.edu tmisa at umn.edu
Mon Sep 22 08:52:37 PDT 2008

================================ "Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing: 
Origins in the Engineering Research Associates" October 8th, 7-8 pm 
Andersen Library 120 (West Bank)

Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN 55455

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.

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

Thomas J. Misa

Charles Babbage Institute
211 Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612 624.5050 tel
612 625.8054 fax

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program for History of Science, Technology & Medicine

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