Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Servomechanisms Laboratory records


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Servomechanisms Laboratory records


56.0 cubic feet; (170 manuscript boxes, 5 oversized flat boxes)

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Reintjes, J. Francis (person)

Brown, Gordon Stanley, 1907-1996 (person)

Forrester, Jay W. (person)

The development of Whirlwind I, one of the first large-scale high-speed computers, began during World War II as part of a research project to develop a universal flight trainer that would simulate flight (the Aircraft Stability and Control Analyzer project). It was initiated by the Office of Naval Research and began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Servomechanisms Laboratory in 1944. Eventually the focus of the grant, a flight simulator (using an analog computer), change...

Ross, D. T. (Douglas Taylor) (person)

Everett, Robert R., 1921-2018 (person)

Robert R. Everett (1921-2018), B.S., Duke University, 1942, M.S., MIT, 1943, was the President and CEO of the MITRE Corporation from 1969 to 1986. Everett started with MITRE at its inception in 1958, initially serving as Technical Director, and becoming Vice President, Technical Operations, in 1959. During Everett’s tenure, MITRE grew beyond its original mission of working with the United States Air Force and began to work for additional organizations including the Department of Defense, the Fed...

Massachusetts institute of technology. Servomechanisms laboratory (corporateBody)

Project Whirlwind was centered in the Servomechanics Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with its original objective being the development of a device that would simulate airplanes in flight. In the course of the research, Whirlwind eventually evolved into a key element of the U.S.'s early air defense system. Since M.I.T. did not view this as an appropriate action for an educational institution to take part in, it transferred the entire project to the MITRE Corp. From...