Rochester, Nathaniel, 1752-1831

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  • 1919, Jan. 14: Born, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • 1941: B.A. in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1941 - 1943 : Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1943: Married Ruth Bartlett (divorced 1973)
  • 1943 - 1948 : Department manager, Sylvania Electric Products, Boston, Mass.
  • 1948 - 1955 : Manager of computer engineering, International Business Machines Corp., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • 1954 - 1955 : Member of Project Lamplight, a study of continental air defense for the armed services run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1955 - 1958 : Department manager in the research division, International Business Machines Corp., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • 1958 - 1959 : Visiting professor of communications science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass. Member of Project Atlantis, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology project for the United States Navy
  • 1959 - 1965 : Director of experimental machine research in the research division, International Business Machines Corp., White Plains, N.Y.
  • 1961: Member of Project Beacon which planned the nation’s air traffic control system for the Federal Aviation Authority
  • 1967 - 1983 : Fellow, International Business Machines Corp., Cambridge Scientific Center, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1974: Married Louise Kelley
  • 1983 - 1985 : Fellow, International Business Machines Corp., entry systems division, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • 1985 - 1986 : Fellow, International Business Machines Corp., Cambridge Scientific Center, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1986 - circa 1992 : Supplemental fellow, International Business Machines Corp., Cambridge Scientific Center, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 2001, June 8: Died, Newport, Vt.

From the guide to the Nathaniel Rochester Papers, 1935-1999, (bulk 1943-1977), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Beatty family. family
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Fitzhugh family. family
associatedWith International Business Machines Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Mebane, Giles, 1809-1899. person
associatedWith New York (State). Governor (1807-1817 : Tompkins) corporateBody
associatedWith Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Whitehouse, Henry John, 1803-1874. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
APL (Computer program language)
Radar--Military applications
Computers
Radar
Computer software--Development
Programming languages (Electronic computers)
Air traffic control
Computer engineering
COBOL (Computer program language)
Occupation
Engineers
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Birth 1752-02-21

Death 1831-05-17

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