IAS Computer

The IAS Computer was named for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The computer was built from 1946 to 1951 at the Institute under the direction of John von Neumann, a mathematics professor at both Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Funds for the computer came from the Institute, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and several military agencies of the U.S. Government. It cost several hundred thousand dollars. The goal of developing the IAS was to make digital computer designs more practical and efficient.
For further information about the computer, see Willis H. Ware. The History and Development of the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study (1953). This is available online.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mainframe computer
Date made
von Neumann, John
previous owner
Institute for Advanced Study
von Neumann, John
Institute for Advanced Study
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 118 in x 126 in x 33 in; 299.72 cm x 320.04 cm x 83.82 cm
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Princeton
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Computers & Business Machines
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

3/16/2016 11:31:20 AM
Héctor Escobar
I have a question, what kind of tecnology use in memory the computer IAS.?
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