Joel Cyprus with one rack from dismantled Computer Arithmetic Section of the R1 computer, Rice University
Joel Cyprus, professor in Rice University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cyprus is standing beside the R1 computer, showing a rack of the disassembled Arithmetic Unit. He is wearing a white open-necked shirt, and both pockets are filled with pens and a pocket calculator. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
In 1956, three Rice University faculty members, Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn, brought supercomputing to the school for the first time in the form of the R1 computer. While it wasn’t the first computer at Rice, it was the university’s first large computational research computer. At the time, the researchers couldn’t simply go out and purchase a mammoth supercomputer; they literally had to design and build the R1 themselves. The R1 took up a large amount of space on the second floor of the Abercrombie Engineering Building.
Citable link to this pagehttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/81391
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