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Issue No. 04 - October-December (2011 vol. 33)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 38-44
Alena Šolcová , Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Michal Křížek , Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
<p>The Czech scholar Vladim&#x00ED;r Vand (1911&#x2013;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, Vladim&#x00ED;r Vand, William Cochran, Francis Crick, crystallography, Anton&#x00ED;n Svoboda, mechanical computer, DNA, x-rays, Fourier analysis

A. Šolcová and M. Křížek, "Vladim&#x00ED;r Vand (1911&#x2013;1968): Pioneer of Computational Methods in Crystallography," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 33, no. , pp. 38-44, 2011.
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