November 14, 2012

Louis Girifalco - "The Creation of ENIAC: The Beginning of the Digital Age"

In 1943, a convergence of circumstances set in motion a project that transformed the world. The ENIAC was not merely a new, powerful computing machine; it was the beginning of the digital information society that now dominates our lives. Its creation is a story of engineering genius, of courage in the face of powerfully entrenched opposition, of bitter human conflict and of stubborn perseverance.

Louis A. Girifalco will describe the initiation and evolution of the ENIAC project, with special emphasis on the people involved, their desires and motivations as well as their ideas and innovations. It is a compelling story, full of drama and surprises; ranging from the tragic life Lord Byron's daughter as the first software engineer, to great mid-twentieth century court battles with huge fortunes at stake.

The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.