Rice’s First Supercomputer

our men (from left to right): John Kenneth Iliffe, Martin Graham, Zevi Salsburg, and John Kilpatrick sitting in front of the R1

Four men (from left to right): John Kenneth Iliffe, Martin Graham, Zevi Salsburg, and John Kilpatrick sitting in front of the R1

The R1, designed by Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn in 1956, lived on the second floor of the Abercrombie Engineering Building.

Rear of memory rack

Rear of memory rack

Radichon tube assembly

Radichon tube assembly

For those interested in more information about the R1’s computing specifications, please see “A Brief History of the Rice Computer,” and there’s also a Centennial video about the R1.

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