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Oral history interview with J. Presper Eckert, 1977 Oct. 28.

Author: J Presper Eckert; Nancy B Stern
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Eckert discusses the development of the ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania and the interaction of the personnel at the Moore School. He describes the difficulty in securing patent rights for the ENIAC and the problems posed by John G. Brainerd, the first director of the project, and by the circulation of John von Neumann's 1945 First Draft of the Report on EDVAC, which placed the ENIAC inventions in the public
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Named Person: John G Brainerd; John Von Neumann; John W Mauchly
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: J Presper Eckert; Nancy B Stern
OCLC Number: 63289531
Notes: Recorded in Blue Bell, Pa.
Description: Transcript : 72 p. Computer data (1 file : 130K)

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Eckert discusses the development of the ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania and the interaction of the personnel at the Moore School. He describes the difficulty in securing patent rights for the ENIAC and the problems posed by John G. Brainerd, the first director of the project, and by the circulation of John von Neumann's 1945 First Draft of the Report on EDVAC, which placed the ENIAC inventions in the public domain. Eckert claims that von Neumann had an interest in keeping these ideas from becoming patented, and deaccentuates von Neumann's role in the development of the EDVAC. Eckert also discusses the ethical questions that were raised by the corporate funding of the University of Pennsylvania's computer research.

Eckert relates the reasons leading to his and John Mauchly's resignations from the faculty.

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