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.

Date Made: 1946-1951

Director: von Neumann, JohnPrevious Owner: Institute for Advanced StudyMaker: von Neumann, JohnInstitute for Advanced Study

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Princeton

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Credit Line: Gift of Princeton University

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CI.320250.01Catalog Number: 320250Accession Number: 220575

Object Name: computermainframe computer

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 118 in x 126 in x 33 in; 299.72 cm x 320.04 cm x 83.82 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-b8b9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_334741

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