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  • Jun 18, 1921
    (b.) -
    May 22, 2000
    (d.)

Bio/Description

A pioneer in the development and design of digital computers, as Chief Operations Officer at Harvard University's Computation Laboratory in the 1940's, he helped design and program the first automatic digital computer, the Mark 1. He also invented the procedure for automatic error detection known as parity check, which is used in almost all computers today. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was a 1943 honors graduate of Harvard University in Mathematics, Physics and Economics. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy in World War II. He then returned to Harvard as a Research Associate in the university's Engineering Division. Over the succeeding years, he held a number of administrative positions in the rapidly growing computer industry, including General Manager of the Computer Division of Raytheon, Vice President for Technical Operations at Honeywell, Vice President for Corporate Development at the Auerbach Corporation and Vice President of the Advanced Systems Division of General Electric. When G.E. left the computer field, he moved into private work in venture capital, acquisition-divestiture, and high-level corporate consulting in the computer industry. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Artificial Intelligence Corporation, a company developing a product to use natural English to query databases.
  • Date of Birth:

    Jun 18, 1921
  • Date of Death:

    May 22, 2000
  • Noted For:

    Co-designer and programmer of the Mark 1, the first automatic digital computer; and inventor of the procedure for automatic error detection known as parity check; used in almost all computers today
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