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Eric Hankam assisting Dr. Beatrice S. Magdoff of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in her groundbreaking protein structure work at IBM Watson Laboratory at Columbia University, 612 West 116th Street, New York City. Hankam and Magdoff are working on a plugboard program for the IBM Type 602-A Calculating Punch. Magdoff had taken Eric's Three Week Course on Computing in September 1950 [98]. Date: early 1950s (Magdoff left the project in 1955). Photo from the collection of Eric Hankam. Click on image to magnify to full size. Note the thermometer on the wall and shelves with prewired plugboards.

Reference: Tulinsky, A., "The Protein Structure Project, 1950-1959", The Rigaku Journal, Vol.16 No.1 (1999).


Frank da Cruz / fdc@columbia.edu / Columbia University Computing History