Perry O. Crawford

Engineer who worked on Whirlwind and other early military computers.

In his oral interview with Christopher Evans, J. Presper Eckert mentions that he had considered building a memory device which was composed of a magnetic disk: "I had gotten the idea of using disks for memory, digital memory, from a master's thesis written by Perry Crawford at MIT. He had not built any such disks; it was just speculation."

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Biographical

Burks, Arthur W., and Alice R. Burks, "The ENIAC: First General Purpose Electronic Computer," Ann. Hist. Comp., Vol. 3, No. 4, 1981, pp. 310-399.

Evans, Christopher, "J. Presper Eckert," Oral History of Computing, Science Museum, London and National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, No. 3, Audiotape, 1975.

UPDATES

Perry Crawford died on December 13, 2006. (THVV, 2017)

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