The RCA Selectron -- The people of the Institute for Advanced Study
The Institute for Advanced Study was founded in Princeton, New Jersey in 1930 to support education and fundamental research. The Selectron memory was developed at the nearby RCA Laboratories to support the IAS computer project headed by Professor John von Neumann.
While the development of the IAS computer continued the work on the Selectron was relegated to a lower priority at RCA's Princeton labs because of RCA's pressing need to allocate resources to the development of color television. The IAS team finally abandoned the Selectron as its memory in favor of a Williams-Kilburn CRT, with the design led by James Pomerene.
John von Neumann
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George W. Brown, PhD
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In Memoriam, University of California