The RCA Selectron -- The people of the Institute for Advanced Study


IAS logotype

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
John von Neumann

John von Neumann Legacy



Julian Bigelow
Julian Bigelow

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1234062



James Pomerene
James Pomerene

www.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/legacies/pomerene.html



Herman Goldstine
Herman Goldstine

http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/107333?id=275



Willis Ware
Willis Ware

http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/107699?id=12



Richard L. Snyder
Richard L. Snyder, Jr.
Newspaper article from 1981
Obituary



George W. Brown, smoking his familiar tobacco pipe
George W. Brown, PhD
The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s
The Computer Museum, Johnniac Lecture, 1998, Comments
In Memoriam, University of California













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J von Neumann J von Neumann John von Neumann John von Neuman
J Bigelow J Bigelow Julian Bigelow
J Pomerene J Pomerene James Pomerene
W Ware W Ware Willis Ware