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ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”
ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”
ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”
ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”
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ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”

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ENIAC: ECKERT’S MEDAL OF SCIENCE – National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) in Engineering Sciences for “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”

Heralding the digital age: Eckert’s National Medal of Science award, comprising the actual medallion and Presidential signed certificate for the co-invention of ENIAC, the world’s first large-scale multipurpose digital computer and among the most important inventions of the past 200 years. J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly began their work on ENIAC at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1943 to aid the war effort by computing ballistic firing tables. By the time ENIAC was announced to the public in early 1946 it was 1000 times faster than any other computer in existence and capable of being re-programmed. Eckert and Mauchly went on to found the world’s first computer company and build BINAC and UNIVAC, the first commercial digital computers.

Bronze, 82mm diameter. Allegorical figure of Man tracing a scientific formula in the sand on obverse, reverse is lettered “Awarded by the President of the United States of America to J. Presper Eckert / 1968”; velvet-lined black leather case stamped “Medallic Art Co., New York” and a typed label with Eckert’s name on back. [With]: Award Certificate signed by President Lyndon Johnson (“Lyndon B. Johnson”), 480 x 380mm (mat-toning); White House invitation and program for the Presentation Ceremony on January 17, 1969; 2 black-and-white photographs of the event.

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