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Julian Bigelow


Julian Bigelow

Julian Bigelow (March 19, 1913 – February 17, 2003) was a pioneering American computer engineer.

Julian Bigelow at The Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (Left to right: Julian Bigelow, Herman Goldstine, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and John von Neumann).


  • Life 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


Bigelow was born in 1913 and obtained a master's degree at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.[1]

When John von Neumann sought to build one of the very first digital computers at the Institute for Advanced Study, he hired Bigelow in 1946 as his "engineer," on Wiener's recommendation. The computer Bigelow built following von Neumann's design is called the IAS machine, although it was also called the MANIAC, a name that was later transferred to the successful clone of this machine at Los Alamos. Because von Neumann did not patent the IAS and wrote about it freely, 15 clones of the IAS were soon built. Nearly all general-purpose computers subsequently built are recognizable as influenced by the IAS machine's design.

Bigelow died on February 17, 2003 in Princeton, New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars
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Further reading


External links

  • George Dyson (March 2003). "George Dyson at the birth of the computer". TED talks. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  • Richard R. Mertz (January 20, 1971). "Computer Oral History Collection, 1969-1973, 1977". Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 

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