National Semiconductor Novus 6030 Handheld Electronic Calculator, Statistician


In 1975, Novus, the Consumer Products branch of National Semiconductor Corporation, introduced a series of handheld electronic calculators known as the “Professionals.” As a June 1975 advertisement in the Chicago Tribune put it, these were designed to fill the gap between “very expensive calculators offering every feature in the book” and “‘Mickey Mouse’ models which were much less costly, but which just didn’t have what it takes to do the job.” The least expensive of these calculators was The Mathematician, which initially sold for $69.95. Others in the series included the Programmable Mathematician, The Financier, The Programmable Financier, The Statistician, The Programmable Statistician, and The International Computer (later sold as The International Converter). By 1976, Novus had also introduced The Scientist and The Programmable Scientist.

This is an example of the Novus Statistician. The calculator has a tan plastic case, thirty-two rectangular plastic keys, and a plastic display cover. At the bottom of the keyboard are ten digit keys, a decimal point key, and a clear key. To the right of these is a column of four arithmetic function keys. The function of these keys is marked on the keys themselves.

Above these keys are a total key and a variety of function keys and a clear all key. The function of all but the total key is indicated on the keyboard. A mark above the keyboard reads: Statistician. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit red LED display. A mark above this reads: NOVUS. The jack for a power adapter is along the back edge and a power switch is on the left edge.

A battery compartment opens on the back of the calculator. A sticker on the compartment cover reads in part: BATTERY/ADAPTER (/) INSTRUCTIONS. It also reads in part: NOVUS – Consumer Products (/) National Semiconductor Corp. (/) Made in U.S.A. A second sticker on the back gives operating instructions. It reads in part: NOVUS 6030. It also reads in part: Serial No. 1020564.

The object comes with a brown leather felt-lined zippered pouch. A mark on the pouch reads: NOVUS. It contains a plastic card with “statistical key callouts” for the calculator.


[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1975, p. D4. Novus Statistician advertised as costing $99.95, Novus Financier $99.95.

[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, June 1, 1975, p. A16. Novus Statistician advertised for $99.95.

[Advertisement], Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1976, p. C5. Novus Statistician advertised as on sale for $39.95.

Date Made: 1975-1977

Maker: National Semiconductor Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of John B. Priser

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0435.24Accession Number: 1987.0435Catalog Number: 1987.0435.24

Object Name: electronic calculator

Physical Description: plastic (case; keys; display cover; information card material)metal (circuitry material)paper (stickers material)leather, cloth (carrying pouch material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 in x 6 in; 3.81 cm x 7.62 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_214348

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