IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 2 • 1993

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  • General-purpose electronic analog computing: 1945-1965

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):8 - 18
    Cited by:  Papers (11)
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    An account of the development and commercialization of general-purpose electronic analog computing in Britain and the United States of America from 1945 to the mid-1990s is presented. It is argued that the principal influence on the growth and maturation of postwar commercial analog computing was the demand for aids to calculation in aeronautical design. The drive to develop military aircraft, gui... View full abstract»

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  • The mechanical analog computers of Hannibal Ford and William Newell

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):19 - 34
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    The history of mechanical analog computers is described from early developments to their peak in World War II and to their obsolescence in the 1950s. The chief importance of most of these computers was their contribution to the superb gunnery of the US Navy. The work of Hannibal Ford, William Newell, and the Ford Instrument Co. is the framework around which this account is based.<> View full abstract»

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  • Edwin L. Harder and the Anacom: analog computing at Westinghouse

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):35 - 52
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    The development of the Anacom, an analog computer that was placed in operations the same year as ENIAC and continued to do valuable work for the electric power field until 1990, in spite of competition from digital computers, is discussed. The career of Edwin L. Harder, who designed and developed the Anacom, among other machines, is reviewed. Although Harder characterized the Anacom as his top ach... View full abstract»

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