Remington Rand

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Remington Rand was an early manufacturer of computers, perhaps best known for the production of the UNIVAC I, the first American commercial computer. like their competitor International Business Machines, they were originally a business machine manufacturer, dating back to the pre-electronic era. Again like IBM, they were created from the merger of several smaller companies; in 1927, in Remington Rand's case.

Remington Rand's first step into the world of computers was the acquisition of the failing (in business terms, not technical ones) Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, in 1950. They followed that with the acquisition of the equally path-breaking Engineering Research Associates, in 1952. Remington Rand shortly thereafter merged with Sperry to form Sperry Rand.

Further reading

  • Nancy B. Stern, From ENIAC to UNIVAC: An Appraisal of the Eckert-Mauchly Computers, Digital Press, Bedford, 1981
  • Arthur Lawrence Norberg; Computers and Commerce: A Study of Technology and Management at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, Engineering Research Associates, and Remington Rand; MIT Press, Cambridge, 2005