Minnesota as a "Digital State": Or, How the Nation's First Computer Industry was Born in a St. Paul Radiator Shop

Event SpeakerDr. Tom Misa directs the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute, a research center specializing in the history of information technology.  He holds the Engineering Research Associates chair in the history of technology; is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and teaches in the graduate program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.  His recent books include Digital State:  The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry (Minnesota 2013); Leonardo to the Internet:  Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Johns Hopkins, 2nd ed. 2011); and Gender Codes:  Why Women Are Leaving Computing (Wiley/IEEE-CS Press 2010).

Event Information:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Event Description:  For decades, Minnesota was home to one of the nation's earliest centers of computing.  By 1960 there were four large and successful companies - Univac, Control Data, Honeywell, and IBM Rochester - and dozens of smaller suppliers that created a vibrant computer industry here, a decade before "Silicon Valley" was named in 1971.  This remarkable history includes the computer industry's sizable impact on employment, education, and culture as well as links to today's thriving medical-devices industry.

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