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Thomas J. Misa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683314

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683314.001.0001

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First Computer

First Computer

Honeywell, Partnerships, and the Politics of Patents

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Digital State

Thomas J. Misa

University of Minnesota Press

‘First Computer’ surveys Honeywell’s varied efforts in computing (including educational computing). Chapter presents the best available account of the landmark federal legal case Honeywell v. Sperry Rand (1971-73) that defined ‘who invented the first computer’. An account of the local Honeywell Project, the anti-military protesters who sought to convert Honeywell to civilian markets.

Keywords:   Minnesota economy and history, high-technology, industrial district, Control Data Corporation, Engineering Research Associates, Sperry Rand Univac, Remington Rand, International Business Machines, Minnesota Educational Computing, Consortium

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