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Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

ENIAC

 
 
ENIAC Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, February 16, 2008
1. ENIAC Marker
Inscription.  
The first large-scale, general-purpose electronic digital computer, ENIAC (electronic numerical integrator and computer) was delivered to the U.S. Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL), Aberdeen Proving Ground, in 1947. Built by the University of Pennsylvania under an Army Ordnance Corps contract with technical supervision by BRL, ENIAC calculated artillery firing tables and performed computations on scientific problems until decommissioned in 1955.
 
Erected 2008 by Maryland Historical Trust & Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Historical Trust series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 15, 1946.
 
Location. 39° 30.385′ N, 76° 9.194′ W. Marker is in Aberdeen, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on Aberdeen Throughway (State Highway 22) 0.3 miles east of Old Post Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aberdeen MD 21001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hall’s Cross Roads (approx. 0.4 miles away); This is a Section of “The General’s Highway” (approx. 0.6 miles away); Aberdeen Proving Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Aberdeen 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Aberdeen Proving Ground Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); 2008 Restoration of P.B. & W. Railroad Crossing and Later Pennsylvania Railroad Watchman's Shed (approx. 0.7 miles away); Aberdeen Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); James B. Baker House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aberdeen.
 
Regarding ENIAC. ENIAC was formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania on February 15, 1946 and was heralded as a “Giant Brain” by the press. It had a speed on the order of one thousand times faster than that of electro-mechanical machines; this computational power, coupled with general-purpose programmability, excited scientists and industrialists alike
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Another ENIAC marker
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of the ENIAC Computer. ThoughtCo website entry (Submitted on February 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for ENIAC. (Submitted on February 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Historic photo of ENIAC image. Click for more information.
Photographed By William Pfingsten
2. Historic photo of ENIAC
"The ENIAC Story"
JSTOR website entry
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Entrance Gate to Aberdeen Proving Ground image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, February 16, 2008
3. Entrance Gate to Aberdeen Proving Ground
The gate on MD 22 is only open during working hours and used exclusively by employees of APG. Visitors must use the entrance on MD 755.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,257 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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