The Edmund C. Berkeley papers consist of records related to Simon the mechanical brain. There is also a small amount of material
related to robots. Types of material in the collection includes technical notes, specifications, correspondence, wiring diagrams,
drawings, receipts, parts lists, clippings, catalogs, and two photographs. The collection covers the years 1947 to 1966.
Edmund Callis Berkeley was an American computer scientist and social activist. Berkeley was born on February 22, 1909. Berkeley
earned a BA in mathematics and logic from Harvard University in 1930 and went to work for Mutual Life Insurance of New York
as an actuarial clerk. In 1934 he joined Prudential Insurance of America, where he eventually became chief research consultant.
In 1941 Berkeley passed his last professional actuarial examinations. Berkeley joined the Navy in 1942 and worked at Dahlgren
Laboratory as a mathematician. There, he was assigned to the Harvard Computation Laboratory, where he worked on the sequential
calculator project (MARK II).