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Early Digital Computers at Bell Telephone Laboratories
July-September 2001 (vol. 23 no. 3)
pp. 22-42

This article relates highlights from the digital computer development activities at Bell Telephone Laboratories for roughly the period 1937-1958. The history begins with a researcher using relays to build a binary adder on his home kitchen table, continues with relay computers designed for military use, and culminates with computers developed after Bell Labs invented the transistor.

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Citation:
M. M. Irvine, "Early Digital Computers at Bell Telephone Laboratories," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 22-42, July-Sept. 2001, doi:10.1109/85.948904
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