August 7 : IBM Presents Harvard the Mark I

On August 7, 1944, Conceived in the 1930s by Howard H. Aiken, a graduate student in theoretical physics at Harvard University, the ASCC was developed and built by IBM during World War II. Aiken had initially proposed a large-scale digital calculator to the faculty of Harvard’s physics department and later took his idea to the Monroe Calculating Machine Company and then to IBM.

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