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How did Harvard Mark I, the first electromechanical computer of its kind, played an critical role in World War II?

How did Harvard Mark I, the first electromechanical computer of its kind, played an critical role in World War II?

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K. Galatia

K. Galatia

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Answered Oct 15, 2019

Harvard Mark I is a computer, created near the end of WWII around 1944. It was called the IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator. It was named Mark I by Harvard University Staff. It was a broad- purpose electromechanical computer that was applied in the war effort during the last part of WWII. John von Neumann commenced one of the first programs to run on this computer.

At that time, Von Neumann was working on a project, and he needed to make calculations concerning atomic bombs. The Mark I also computed and printed mathematical tables, which had been the goal of British inventor Charles Babbage for his analytical engine.

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M. Parker

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M. Parker, Internet Researcher, Houston

Answered Dec 20, 2018

Harvard Mark 1 is well known to a lot of people who are into the history of computers. This type of computer is big and heavy. It is often described to be as big as a room. This used to work with a camshaft which is responsible for making all of the components of the computer to work all at the same time. This worked well as a tabulator.

There are a lot of mathematical equations that needed to be solved during the war especially when people are trying to analyze their plan of action for the implosion of the atomic bomb. The analysis was more accurate because of the tabulating capabilities of this computer.

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R.Roanre

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Answered Feb 08, 2018

Harvard Mark I is a computer that was built near the end of World War II around 1944. It was called Mark I and built at the college, Harvard. It was also called by its full name as IBM Automated Sequence Controlled Calculator. Its main function involved mathematics where the computer would calculate and do math problems using Mark I. Then the user of the computer could print off the tables.

Harvard Mark I is a computer that was built near the end of World War II around 1944. It was called

Unfortunately, there is not much left of Mark I since it was destroyed in the late 1950s.The Mark I was known for its use during World War II. When the Manhattan project was being constructed and implemented into the war, the Mark I played a part in that. The computer was used to create the atomic bombs.

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