Whirlwind Computer at MIT
Forrester b. 1918
on a cattle ranch in Nebraska, Jay Forrester's earliest project was to build a
wind-driven system out of old car parts to give his home electrical power.
graduate school at MIT, Forrester was director of MIT's Digital Computer Laboratory
from 1946 to 1951 and head of a Navy-sponsored program to design computers to
test aircraft design.
While working on Whirlwind I, which evolved from
the Navy project, Forrester developed a new memory tool which doubled the speed
and increased the reliability of the computer. For many years, the magnetic core
memory was the industry standard.