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Issue No.02 - April-June (2000 vol.22)
pp: 22-31
ABSTRACT
<p>This is a personal memoir of my involvement from the beginnings of digital computers through the design of the Polaris missile guidance system to the Apollo Guidance Computer that put men on the Moon.</p>
CITATION
Eldon C. Hall, "From the Farm to Pioneering with Digital Control Computers: An Autobiography", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.22, no. 2, pp. 22-31, April-June 2000, doi:10.1109/85.841134
REFERENCES
1. E.C. Hall, "Analog Simulation for Noise Analysis in Control Systems," R-74, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., May 1954. Presented at the Assoc. of Computing Machinery meeting, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1954.
2. J.H. Laning, Jr. and R.H. Battin, "Theoretical Principle for a Class of Inertial Guidance Computers for Ballistic Missiles," R-125, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., June 1956.
3. F.E. Gaunt, "Digital Controlled Pulse Torquing of Precision Inertial Instruments," Report E-638, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 1957.
4. E.C. Hall, "The Proposed Polaris Guidance Computer," E-660, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 1957.
5. E.C. Hall and J.E. Levy, "EDU Testing Program," E-737, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., July 1958; E.C. Hall, "Digital Data-Link for the Flight Test Data Handling System," E-608, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 1956.
6. E.C. Hall, "Procurement Specification, Transistor Germanium PNP," R-212, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., 1956.
7. E.C. Hall and R.M. Jansson, "Miniature Packaging of Electronics in Three-Dimensional Form," E-823, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., June 1959.
8. E.C. Hall, "General Design Characteristics of the Apollo Guidance Computer," R-410, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., May 1963.
9. E.C. Hall, "Computer Displays," E-1105, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 1962.
10. J. Partridge, L.D. Hanley, and E.C. Hall, "Progress Report on Attainable Reliability of Integrated Circuits for Systems Applications," A. Mathis et al., eds., Symp. Microelectronics and Large Systems; Spartan Books Inc., Macmillan and Co., Nov.17-18 1964, pp. 21-50; E.C. Hall, "Reliability Assessment of Microcircuits and Microelectronic Systems," Lecture Series,Applications of Microelectronics to Aerospace Equipment, AGARDograph 114, Technivision Services Ltd., Maidenhead, England, Dec. 1968, pp. 45-92. and E.C. Hall, "Case History of the Apollo Guidance Computer", Lecture Series,Applications of Microelectronics to Aerospace Equipment, AGARDograph 114, Technivision Services Ltd., Maidenhead, England, Dec. 1968, pp. 296-316.
11. E.C. Hall, "Apollo Computer—a Historical Review," P-1536, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. Presented at the Boston Computer Museum's inauguration, June 1982; David Scott, Commander of Apollo 15. From the transcript of Scott's "The User's Point of View," presented at the Boston Computer Museum's inauguration, June 1982.
12. E.C. Hall, "MIT's Role in Project Apollo, vol. 3; Computer Subsystem," R-700, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 1972.
13. E.C. Hall, "Development Trends in Computer Memory Technology," R-1127, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 1977.
14. A. Couto and E.C. Hall, "High Speed Logic Packaging Notes," CSDL-C-6018, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 1988.
15. E.C. Hall, "Journey to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Guidance Computer" American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., Reston, VA, 1996.
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