Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project Records, 1950-1957
Princeton University Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project
von Neumann, John
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI)
0.7 cu. ft
Princeton (N. J.)
This material was generated by participants in the Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project during 1950-1957 at Princeton, NJ. The computer project was initiated there in 1946 by John Von Neumann, a mathematician who had worked on ballistics computations during World War II. He used the first version of the Princeton computer to calculate the results of the thermonuclear reaction of the first H-bomb in 1950. In the late 1950s, after Von Neumann's death, the project was terminated.
Published reports of the staff of the Electronic Computer Project, monthly progress reports, and reports by individual staff members (sometimes in draft form) on particular problems or pieces of equipment. Numerous drawings of computer components are also included together with 10 glass slides and two slides of personnel (unidentified). A special "computer issue" of "Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers" (published October 1953) contains 41 papers on technical aspects of computers.
Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project Records, 1950-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History