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Fascinating facts about Jay W. Forrester
inventor of Random Access Memory in 1951.

Jay Forrester
 
AT A GLANCE:
In 1951, Jay W, Forrester invented
the first random-access magnetic core store (memory) for an electronic digital computer. He also supervised the building of the Whirlwind digital computer, and studied the application of computers to management problems, developing methods for computer simulation. Source: The History of Computing Project
Inventor: Jay Wright Forrester
Jay Forrester photo courtesy IEEE Organization
Criteria: First to invent. First to patent. First practical.
Birth: July 14, 1918 in Anselmo, Nebraska
   
Nationality: American
Invention: Random Access Memory
Whirlwind Core Storage photo courtesy Stanford University
Function: noun / usually known by its acronym, RAM
Definition: The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks allowing information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
Patent: 2,736,880 (US) issued February 28, 1956

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