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Military Electronics

Pre-War and World War II Digital Computing

Most of this work related to military research done on measuring muzzle velocities of artillery, and fire control.  The army had no direct way of measuring cannon muzzle velocities so they contracted RCA to develop high-speed timing equipment.  Coils through which projectiles would be fired would produce start and stop signals, while a counter counted cycles of an oscillator.

Work on digital computing was accelerated during the war, but it became clear that analog computers were going to produce something that the Army could use sooner.  That was project Typhoon.  George Morton also participated in the digital computing work as evidenced by his name appearing with Mr. Flory on several patents.  One landmark patent of this era is number 2,445,215 for Electronic  Computers which describes the shift register.

 

 

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Cannon and towers with pickup coils.