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Published on Apr 4, 2019
Recorded: November 18, 1982
Harry Huskey began his career as an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, working part-time on the ENIAC computer in 1945. He soon visited the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom where he worked for a year with Alan Turing on the logical design of the Pilot ACE computer. Huskey discusses the various versions of ACE computers completed at NPL, including the ACE test assembly (1947), ACE Pilot Model version, and the Big ACE. After working at NPL, Huskey moved back to the US when he accepted a job at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). In 1948, Huskey started work on the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC) for NBS, the design of which he based on Turing’s stored-program computer concept and the earlier NBS SEAC computer. He lastly describes the G-15, a computer he designed for Bendix Aviation Corporation that was introduced in 1956, and discusses the similarities it had with the other computers he had worked with. At the beginning of his lecture, Huskey labels all of the computers he talks about as "Turing computers," not to be confused with a Turing machine.