[SIGCIS-Members] BINAC: A Brief Look Back

Brian Berg brianberg at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 16:54:13 PDT 2018


I just received word of the following very interesting new video (12:35 in
length) about the BINAC, the Binary Automatic Computer of 1949.  Thanks to
Rebecca Mercuri <notable at mindspring.com> for informing me.

As many of you know, Eckert and Mauchly created a beautiful little computer
called BINAC that often gets ignored in the history books.

Over the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of working with Mark Greenia,
who runs the Computer History Archive Project.  He has a number of vintage
films available on his YouTube site.  We collaborated on a short
documentary combining resources I had and those he had or was able to find;
then he added the writing, editing, and production talent to make it happen.

Bill Mauchly <bmauchly at opgate.com>  (son of John and Kay Mauchly)

Welcome to the release of the new computer history video:
  BINAC: A Brief Look Back  https://youtu.be/udJUWenPK4w/

This is a very special presentation featuring rare films & photos (many
previously unpublished) of the 1949 BINAC computer (“Binary Automatic
Computer”), which was designed by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper
Eckert, inventors of ENIAC and UNIVAC.  This was the first computer built
by their fledgling computer company “Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation”

BINAC the first stored-program computer built in the U.S.  It was built for
Northrop, and it used Mercury Delay Line Memory.  It was a one-of-a-kind

This 12 minute video includes footage of the BINAC in operation, a very
rare 1948 “behind- the-scenes” film courtesy of John William Mauchly Jr.
(son of inventor Dr. John Mauchly) which shows EMCC engineers during the
computer’s construction, rare photos of the BINAC in the early EMCC
factory, and photos of the early EMCC staff.

Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation was purchased by Remington Rand in
1950, and the famous UNIVAC 1 was released in 1951.  Many groundbreaking
computers followed, including UNIVAC Solid-State, Univac File Computer,
Univac Scientific, UNIVAC-LARC and others.

Comments are welcome.

Mark Greenia, for the Computer History Archives Project.

Acknowledgements and Credits: = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

/John William Mauchly Jr. - 1948 EMCC Film & Photos and Accompanying Music

/Professional Narration – David Melvin/

/Tony Buglioni, Manager External Communications & and Media Relations,

/-Angela Schad, Reference Archivist, Digital Archives Specialist
-Kevin Martin, Curator of Audiovisual Collections
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

/Dag Spicer, Senior Curator, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA

/-- -- -- --/

/The “UNIVAC” and “Sperry-Rand,”“Remington Rand” names are (c) Unisys

BINAC FILM: https://youtu.be/udJUWenPK4w/

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