On this day in 1951 MESM formally recognized
Sunday, 25 December 2011

Today's Official Google Blog has alerted us to the fact that it is just sixty years ago , on December 25, 1951 that the  Soviet Academy of Sciences in Ukraine finally granted formal recognition to Sergei Lebedev’s pioneering MESM project.

As early as 1947 Sergei Lebedev had set up a secret laboratory and set about building a small computer called MESM (МЭСМ, Малая Электронно-Счетная Машина)  Malaya Elektronno-Schetnaya Mashina or Small Electronic Calculating Machine. It was the earliest, fully operational electronic computer in the Soviet Union - and indeed continental Europe but getting it accepted was far from an easy process.

 

MESM

МЭСМ - Malaia Elektronnaia Schetnaia Mashina

 

The story is told in detail in I Programmer's history article, Sergei Lebedev and Early Russian computers and in this video Boris Malinovsky, who worked on MESM and is now a leading expert on Soviet-era computing, talks about  Lebedev and MESM:

    

 

If you don't speak Russian click the Caption button for subtitles.

Further Reading

Sergei Lebedev and Early Russian computers

 

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on Google+, Twitter, Linkedin or Facebook or sign up for our weekly newsletter.


Banner


NASA’s Asteroid Tracker Challenge
25/07/2014

A 14-day Marathon Match with $15,000 in prizes at stake starts today. Join other competitors to devise algorithms to help NASA track asteroids that would cause cataclysmic devastation were they to imp [ ... ]



Oracle Drops Java Support For XP
08/07/2014

The next versions of the Jave runtime which will ship in the middle of July will not run on Windows XP. How will this impact developers?


More News

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 December 2011 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2014 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.