Issue No. 04 - October-December (2011 vol. 33)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2011.80
Alena Šolcová , Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Michal Křížek , Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
<p>The Czech scholar Vladimír Vand (1911–1968) substantially enriched many areas of science, from crystallography and astrogeology to computing. His most notable contribution to computing is the invention of a mechanical computer containing approximately 1 million little steel balls rolling through many guide bars. Using this research, Vand collaborated with William Cochran and Francis Crick on the early analysis of the structure of helix molecules.</p>
History of computing, Vladimír Vand, William Cochran, Francis Crick, crystallography, Antonín Svoboda, mechanical computer, DNA, x-rays, Fourier analysis
A. Šolcová and M. Křížek, "Vladimír Vand (1911–1968): Pioneer of Computational Methods in Crystallography," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 33, no. , pp. 38-44, 2011.