Friday, August 14, 2020

Early days of computer science at Harvard

The group of students who hung around the Aiken Computation Lab +/-50 years ago got together last February, and I wrote up an account of our collective memory for Harvard Magazine. There was a lot going on scientifically in a remarkably supportive and creative atmosphere, even though we were by no means a tier 1 CS program in those days. I have done my best to explain it here, but those of you who know what kind of atmosphere I always hoped for at Harvard may understand best what I am talking about. Hope you enjoy it!


  1. I was there at the end... or the beginning, depending on how you view it.

    Do you know if there are any ECL interpreter/compiler sources about?

    1. Too bad... I have a KL-10 simulator and have run Tops-10, Tops-20, and ITS... needs good software!