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Guide to the Edmund C. Berkeley papers
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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, including Squee: the Robot Squirrel. Types of materials in the collection include technical notes, specifications, correspondence, wiring diagrams, drawings, receipts, parts lists, clippings, catalogs, and a small number of photographs. The collection covers the years 1947 to 1966.
Edmund Callis Berkeley was an American computer scientist and social activist. Berkeley was born on March 20, 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).
1.65 Linear feet, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 small flat box
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