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Into Digital Computing through the Back Door
July-September 2003 (vol. 25 no. 3)
pp. 20-28

From a hazy dream of writing a great American novel to heading up the renowned Lockheed Skunk Works, Sherman Mullin explains how he came to be an engineer-in digital computing, moreover, when the rest of the world was still mostly analog. Like most people who entered the digital computing field in the 1950s, he had no formal education in this technology. Like others, he learned mostly by doing.

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Citation:
Sherman N. Mullin, "Into Digital Computing through the Back Door," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 20-28, July-Sept. 2003, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2003.1226653
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