Wallace J. Eckert, Astronomer: "When I started in 1926 as an assistant at
Columbia, the logarithm was just being put to bed and the desk calculator was
beginning to take over computation work. It was an exciting time as we began
to see the real possibilities of automatic computation emerging."
These are scans of xerographic copies of 8x10" glossy photographs from a
special exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute commemorating the life and work
of Wallace Eckert, 1973, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
The exhibit was created by Henry S. Tropp, Principal Investigator of the
Smithsonian's Computer History Project, mainly from materials loaned by
Second row left:
Ben Wood's Statistical Bureau at Columbia
Third row right: Eckert's groundbreaking 1933
"computer": IBM calculators, tabulators, and punches interconnected by a
controller of his design to automate complex scientific calculations.
Bottom right: Eckert's Astronomical Computing Bureau in
Pupin Hall, 1937.
Frank da Cruz / firstname.lastname@example.org /
Columbia University Computing History /