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Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC)



Russell A. Kirsch


The Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC) was the first programmable computer in the United States. The development of SEAC was a cooperative project between the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) team of computer engineers and world-class mathematicians. SEAC came into service in 1950. Russell A. Kirsch and three of his fellow engineers who worked on the SEAC project describe the excitement and challenges of those early days of the Computer Age. Available on CD-ROM in the NIST Research Library and at
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1005
Report Number


programmable computer, SEAC, Standards Electronic Automatic Computer


Kirsch, R. (2004), Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created November 1, 2004, Updated March 9, 2018