Key ENIAC Events on February 14

Since the publication of the February at Penn
calendar (Almanac January 30), a number of additions
and changes have been made in the schedule of events
commemorating the birth of ENIAC fifty years ago February 14.

Below is a revised schedule of events on campus and off,
open to the University community and friends, and, as
befits the birthday of computing, some useful Web sites to browse.

At right: John W. Mauchly, whose papers are in the Department of Special Collections at the Library.

On Campus

John W. Mauchly and the Development of the ENIAC Computer,

a new exhibition provides an overview and assessment of the life and

careerof John Mauchly--from his childhood and early education through his work on ENIAC and beyond, at the Rosenwald Gallery,Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, open 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. There will be a brief program at 10 a.m. February 14 on the sixth floor, led by Nancy Shawcross, manuscript curator for special collections. The exhibit will remain at the Library until March 25 and may also be viewed online at

Educational Technology Showcase; student- and faculty-led interactive demonstrations of new educational technologies being developed at Penn, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, open to the public.

ENIAC 50th Speech by Vice President of the United States Albert Gore, Jr., on ENIAC's legacy and the future impact of technology on society, 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Irvine Auditorium. For those who did not get tickets through the Connaissance raffle announced in The Daily Pennsylvanian, there will be a remote video feed to the Alumni Hall, in the Maloney Building; Rooms 109 and 110, in the Annenberg School.

ENIAC Reenactment and Press Conference; Vice President Gore, University President Judith Rodin, Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, and UNISYS Chairman and CEO James Unruh will commemorate ENIAC's 50th anniversary by restarting one of ENIAC's original decade counters 50 years after it was first introduced to the public. Vice President Gore will throw the switch between 1 and 1:30 p.m. There will be remote video feed to Irvine Auditorium; Alumni Hall in the Maloney Building, HUP; Rooms 109 and 110, in the Annenberg School and other campus locations that receive Channel 24 of the Penn Video Network.

Off Campus

ACM History Retrospective Sessions; 1-4:30 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, shuttle bus service from Irvine to the Marriott will leave at 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.

The first session, ENIAC in Context, historians Paul Ceruzzi and Michael Williams, along with Mitchell Marcus, chair of CIS department at Penn, will discuss the social, cultural and intellectual environment surrounding the development of ENIAC and the importance of ENIAC on the development of computing.

The second session, ENIAC's Legacies, computer historian Michael Mahoney will present an historical interpretation of the development of computer technology over the last 50 years.

ENIAC 50th Celebration Dinner, 6:30-10 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. Advance reservations necessary, 898-8724.

On the World Wide Web

For the latest updates consult the ENIAC 50th Celebration web site:

On the Penn Video Network

The ResNet Movie Channel (channel 11 on the Penn Video Network) is presenting a series of seven films featuring Hollywood representations of computers and computing. These movies will air each night of the ENIAC anniversary week, February 11-17 beginning at 10 p.m. In honor of the 50th anniversary of ENIAC the following films will be shown in the series

Binary Analogues:
Computers on the Silver Screen.

February 11: Desk Set (1957)

February 12: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

February 13: Tron (1982)

February 14: War Games (1983)

February 15: Electric Dreams (1984)

February 16: The Lawnmower Man (1992)

February 17: The Net (1995)


February 13, 1996
Volume 42 Number 20

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