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Issue No.02 - April-June (2013 vol.35)
pp: 4-7
Jeffrey R. Yost , Charles Babbage Institute
ABSTRACT
Computer industry pioneer and visionary cofounder (with his wife Adelle Tomash) of the Charles Babbage Foundation (CBF) and the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI), Erwin Tomash passed away on 10 December 2012. In the late 1940s, Tomash was an engineer at Engineering Research Associates (ERA), one of two firms that launched the US computer industry. He later founded and led Dataproducts Corporation, a Fortune 500 computer peripherals and core memory firm. Erwin and Adelle Tomash's insights and generosity in founding, supporting, and advising CBF and CBI have had a profound and continuing impact on the infrastructure for research and publication of scholarship on computer and software history.
INDEX TERMS
Obituaries, Biographies, Tomash, Erwin, Tomash Fellowship, history of computing, Erwin Tomash, Charles Babbage Foundation, computer history research, Charles Babbage Institute, CBI Archives
CITATION
Jeffrey R. Yost, "Computer Industry Pioneer: Erwin Tomash (1921-2012)", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.35, no. 2, pp. 4-7, April-June 2013, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2013.17
REFERENCES
1. E. Tomash interview by A.N. Norberg, Charles Babbage Inst., 15 May 1983.
2. A. Tomash interview by A.N. Norberg, Charles Babbage Inst., 7 Dec. 2000.
3. W. Aspray, "Erwin Tomash: His Life and Work," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, 2001, pp. 4–11.
4. A. Norberg, Computers and Commerce: A Study of Technology and Management at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, Engineering Research Associates, and Remington Rand, 1946–1957, MIT Press, 2005.
5. W. Frank interview by J.R. Yost, Computer History Museum, 14 Feb. 2006.
6. J.R. Yost, "CBI/Tomash Fellowship: Sponsoring a Generation of Scholars in the History of Information Processing," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, 2001, pp. 24–28.
7. B.H. Bruemmer and E. Kaplan, "Realizing the Concept: A History of the CBI Archives," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, 2001, pp. 29–38.
8. M.R. Williams, "Building a World-Class Book Collection: The Tomash Library," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, 2001, pp. 39–43; E. Tomash and M.R. Williams, The Erwin Tomash Library on The History of Computing: An Illustrated Annotated Catalog,31 Dec. 2008; www.cbi.umn.edu/hostedpublications/Tomash index.htm.
9. M. Campbell-Kelly, "The Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series for History of Computing," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 23, no. 4, 2001, pp. 44–48.
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